REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY takes place as always on the Sunday in November closest to the 11th, so this year it will be on this coming Sunday, the 8th of November. The traditional annual service at the Cenotaph is still taking place, but for the first time in just over a hundred years, it will be without the public. Wherever you are however, I would urge you to play your part. At 11.00 am this Sunday there will be the traditional 2 minute silence as we remember and pray for those who have died in the two world wars of the last century and indeed in all wars. As you do so, please pray for an end to all wars. At Mass you will hear the words, “Peace be with you”. May the peace of Christ fill the hearts of all those who only know the ways of warfare and violence.

Last Thursday was the beginning of another period of lockdown. If we pray for others and reach out to them, then I am sure we will all experience the loving presence of God and the peace He offers. I came across this prayer for this Sunday:

Lord, deepen within me a living faith in your return. Anoint me with the special oil of faith which cries: ‘Come, Lord Jesus, come.