United in Remembrance: An Anglican reflection across Europe
Yesterday marked Remembrance Sunday, a day deeply ingrained in British history and Commonwealth nations. Across Europe, Anglican communities united to honour the sacrifices of those who selflessly gave their today for the tomorrows of others.
From the historic St Luke's in Fontainebleau to St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Zürich, and La Fustera Church in Spain, many Anglican chaplaincies echoed the words: "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old". Diverse communities in Helsinki, Florence, Ghent, and Athens also gathered to reflect on our shared history.
In Florence, St Mark's English Church, Fr Chris asked the congregation to reflect on the unsung heroes, asking, "Who was packing our parachute?" A reminder that behind every act of valour, there are countless individuals contributing to the cause who are unseen.
Further north, in Athens, the Anglican Church held a Service of Remembrance in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery, as well as the Rhodes War Cemetery.
Similarly, Fr James, Chaplain of Holy Cross Palermo and Fr Giovanni, Chaplain in Randazzo, Sicily, were ‘honoured’ to lead prayers for the war dead and the Commonwealth armed services at the Siracusa War Cemetery.
St Nicholas', Helsinki embraced Remembrance Sunday with a unique touch. While Sunday School commemorated the day, the congregation celebrated Father's Day with a lucky dip for fathers—a subtle blend of remembrance and joy.
Zürich’s, St. Andrew's Anglican Church, resonated with the choir, the notes of the trumpet playing The Reveille, and heartfelt prayers offered by Revd Jackie Sellin and Revd Steffan van Munster. Chaplain Hans Decker, representing the US Air Force, stood alongside them.
In La Fustera, a wreath was placed on the altar, 'In Flanders Fields' was recited, the iconic poem which inspired the symbolic red poppy, and 'O Valiant Hearts,' sung - a poignant tribute to the brave.
While the Anglican Church in Slovenia were pleased to have the British Ambassador with them for a Remembrance Sunday service, led by Canon Janet Berkovic.
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