A Hymn for Remembrance Sunday
(10 November 2019)
"Today, services of
remembrance will be held at war memorials in towns and villages all
over the country, each with its list of names of those who died to
keep Britain free from tyranny. At many of these services the hymn
O God Our Help in Ages Past will be sung. It was written in
1708 by the English clergyman Isaac Watts (1674-1748) ... Watts
based his hymn on Psalm 90: ... In August 1941 it was sung at a
service aboard HMS Prince of Wales during the conference
between Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt which
created the Atlantic Charter ... On December 10, 1941, three days
after the attack on Pearl Harbor, HMS Prince of Wales was
sunk alongside the battlecruiser HMS Repulse by Japanese
bombers. A total of 840 sailors were lost: 513 from Repulse
and 327 from Prince of Wales..."
Toruń, Poland (11
"This year is the 80th
anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. My
father-in-law, Jock McDonald, was in the Argyll and Sutherland
Highlanders Regiment, of the 51st Highland Division. The 51st
was called up for service in 1939 and sailed for France, landing in
Dieppe in January 1940, whence they marched to St Valery-en-Caux..."
National Day of Prayer, 26th May 1940 (March 2014)
"When Britain was close
to defeat during the 2nd World War, and [almost]
the entire British Army was trapped at Dunkirk, in desperation
George 6th called for a National Day of Prayer to be held on 26th
May 1940. In a national broadcast he instructed the people of the UK
to turn back to God in a spirit of repentance and plead for Divine
help. Millions of people across the British Isles flocked into
churches praying for deliverance and [the photograph below] shows
the extraordinary scene outside Westminster Abbey as people queued
for prayer. Two events immediately followed..."
Scene at Westminster Abbey,
26th May 1940
The National Day of Prayer
was the miracle of deliverance at Dunkirk. When
the Nation prays in the spirit of true repentance,
miracles happen (2 Chronicles 7:14)."
World War II and
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"Men fight for liberty
and win it with hard knocks.
Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools.
And their grandchildren are once more slaves."
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Canadian Army (1872-1918)
"[T]he foe of which John McCrae
wrote were not the people in the opposite trenches.
The foe were tyranny and dictatorship ... our soldiers knew this ...
Yes, we have indeed dropped the torch! Yes, we have indeed broken
faith with those who died and lie in Flanders Fields! ...
and yes, we will have to bear the
consequences in the years to come..."
thing there is a
season, and a time to
every purpose under the
A time to be born, and a
time to die; a time to
plant, and a time to
that which is
A time to kill, and a
time to heal; a time to
break down, and a time
to build up;
A time to weep, and a
time to laugh; a time to
mourn, and a time to
A time to cast away
stones, and a time to
gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a
time to refrain from
A time to get, and a
time to lose; a time to
keep, and a time to cast
A time to rend, and a
time to sew; a time to
keep silence, and a time
A time to love, and a
time to hate; a time of
war, and a time of
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