'We will remember them' - Remembrance at St Albans Cathedral
The month of November has become associated with remembering those who have lost their lives and there are a number of events taking place at St Albans Cathedral offering people a chance to reflect in the peace and tranquillity of this remarkable building.
The season of Remembrance begins with All Saints Day on 1st November which celebrates all the saints and martyrs of the Christian faith who set courageous examples, like St Alban himself who was Britain’s first saint. This is followed on 2nd November by All Souls Day when we remember all the departed. A Choral Requiem featuring the wonderful voices of the boys of the Cathedral Choir, offers the opportunity to remember and pray for loved ones. This remembrance will be continued at a memorial service on Sunday 5th November at 6.30pm, for all those who have lost someone close to them in the more recent past and incorporates the lighting of a candle in remembrance.
As this season progresses, the focus shifts to thinking about those who have died in war. On 11th November – Armistice Day – there will be a two minutes silence as a mark of respect and commemoration for those who died in the two world wars and subsequent conflicts.
The Church’s season of Remembrance culminates on Sunday 12th November with the 10.55am Choral Requiem which opens with the traditional two minutes silence before the stunning voices of the boys and men of the Cathedral Choir sing Fauré's Requiem. The Cathedral Study Centre will then conclude its take on remembrance with a poetry recital on Tuesday 14th November, led by the Archdeacon of St Albans, the Venerable Jonathan Smith, with an evening of poetry inspired by the theme of Remembering in all forms, with those in attendance invited to bring their favourite poems to share.
The Canon Chancellor, Canon Kevin Walton said, “At this time of the year our thoughts and prayers are drawn to our loved ones who have died in whatever circumstances. But it is not just in grief, but also in the hope of eternal life with God in heaven, and for ourselves as we seek to build on their legacy of peace on earth”.
For more information, see the Remembrance section of the website.