Church events to mark First World War centenary

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CHURCHES across the York diocese are planning services, vigils and and exhibitions to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War next Monday.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said the centenary of the outbreak of war provided an opportunity to reflect on the folly of war and the horrific human suffering it unleashed.

"Sadly our prayers will not just be those of distant remembrance – violent conflict is a brutal reality today," he said.

"We remember all before God, we pray for justice and peace, and we give thanks for the bravery and sacrifice of many. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."

St Michael le Belfrey, near the Minster, will be holding a candlelit vigil from 8pm on Monday, led by the Visions Community with creative stories, music, visuals.

It will be joining other vigils being held across the UK, with the last candle to be extinguished at 11pm in Westminster Abbey in remembrance of the words of then Foreign Secretary Viscount Edward Grey, who said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our time."

At St Wilfrid's Catholic Church in Duncombe Place, a Requiem Mass will be offered at 6pm on Monday for all who died in that war and in subsequent conflicts. 

There will be a military presence with buglers at the Mass, which will be in Latin and in the Extraordinary Form.  Fr Richard Duffield will preach. 

St Martin’s in Coney Street is holding a commemorative service from 10pm to 11pm on Monday, with a vigil of prayers, readings, diary extracts, poetry and music, in conjunction with a national service at Westminster Abbey.

In Haxby, there will be a service at 10am on Saturday to mark the centenary with a rededication of Haxby Memorial Hall. The service will begin with a parade from the Village Green to the hall, where a plaque will be unveiled to remember all those who served their country from Haxby and Wigginton during the war.

St Mary’s, South Milford, will hold a service at 7.30pm on Monday, with music from the early part of the 20th century, readings and reflections.

St Giles, Copmanthorpe, will be open for prayer and remembrance on Monday from 11am to 4pm and from 6pm to 7pm.

St. James, Bilbrough, is holding a vigil service at 6pm on Saturday.

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9:08pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

This is fairly ironic in view of these passages from the bible
"Numbers 31 New International Version (NIV)
Vengeance on the Midianites
31 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.”3 So Moses said to the people, “Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites so that they may carry out the Lord’s vengeance on them. 4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel.” 5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel. 6 Moses sent them into battle, a thousand from each tribe, along with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, who took with him articles from the sanctuary and the trumpets for signaling.7 They fought against Midian, as the Lord commanded Moses, and killed every man. 8 Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. 9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps. 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals, 12 and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho.13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.15 “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. 16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the Lord in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the Lord’s people. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
So god tells Moses to instruct the troops to kill all of the men , women and boys but to keep the virgins for themselves, presumably as sex slaves?
Wonderful.
This is fairly ironic in view of these passages from the bible "Numbers 31 New International Version (NIV) Vengeance on the Midianites 31 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.”3 So Moses said to the people, “Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites so that they may carry out the Lord’s vengeance on them. 4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel.” 5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel. 6 Moses sent them into battle, a thousand from each tribe, along with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, who took with him articles from the sanctuary and the trumpets for signaling.7 They fought against Midian, as the Lord commanded Moses, and killed every man. 8 Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. 9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps. 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals, 12 and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho.13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.15 “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. 16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the Lord in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the Lord’s people. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man. So god tells Moses to instruct the troops to kill all of the men , women and boys but to keep the virgins for themselves, presumably as sex slaves? Wonderful. Pinza-C55
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8:02pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Seadog says...

Hi Pinza

You have a point and I'm glad to see you know your Old Testament!

However, thanks to the doctrine of "Progressive Revelation" (Shhh ... or my more "conservative" evangelical friends will have my guts for garters!) I don't - as a twenty first century Christian - feel any obligation to behave like an Israelite of 3,000 years ago. Or - come to that - a modern Israeli in Gaza!

As for Christian attitudes in 1914: they were as diverse then as they are now. Many Christians refused -absolutely and utterly - to take up arms. Others (like my maternal grandfather) compromised and joined such units as the RAMC. Still others, such as my great uncle, bought the propaganda of the time and and joined up with enthusiasm. My uncle Willie was blown to pieces on the Western Front. They all did what they did "according to their lights."

Whatever the attitude of the churches at the time, surely we can all unite in collective mourning for the pity of war. Aetheists and Agnostics are free to do this in their own way. Please don't deny us Christians the right to do it in ours.
Hi Pinza You have a point and I'm glad to see you know your Old Testament! However, thanks to the doctrine of "Progressive Revelation" (Shhh ... or my more "conservative" evangelical friends will have my guts for garters!) I don't - as a twenty first century Christian - feel any obligation to behave like an Israelite of 3,000 years ago. Or - come to that - a modern Israeli in Gaza! As for Christian attitudes in 1914: they were as diverse then as they are now. Many Christians refused -absolutely and utterly - to take up arms. Others (like my maternal grandfather) compromised and joined such units as the RAMC. Still others, such as my great uncle, bought the propaganda of the time and and joined up with enthusiasm. My uncle Willie was blown to pieces on the Western Front. They all did what they did "according to their lights." Whatever the attitude of the churches at the time, surely we can all unite in collective mourning for the pity of war. Aetheists and Agnostics are free to do this in their own way. Please don't deny us Christians the right to do it in ours. Seadog
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