News of the Order and commentary appear after the Proper Collect, Epistle and Gospel
Veterans & Remembrance Day Sunday
O God, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all godliness; Be ready, we beseech thee, to hear the devout prayers of thy Church; and grant that those things which we ask faithfully we may obtain effectually; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
O Eternal God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old; Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead; We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.
How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!
At the Eucharist: Ecclus. xliv. 1., Psalm XCI, and John xv. 12
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation"
[General George Washington]
We break from our study Psalms for this special Sunday to ponder the Gospel account of Luke, where Jesus said, " Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends " Augustine considers this scripture from the point of view of the martyr's who had fallen for the sake of Christ and his Church Militant. Only some 80 years or so before Christians were yet being thrown to the lions for holding to the faith, when a simple sacrifice to Caesar and turning in their friends to the pagans would have gained their freedom. We note that in his homily he speaks of the tradition of praying for saints that had fallen asleep – as does the third collect presented this day, Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in them may be perfected… In the coming days let us keep in mind our veterans whose very service calls for them to be ready to lay down their lives for their fellow citizens freedoms and in support of their sovereign nations.
I invite you personally to pause for a moment this day, and to remember your ancestors and others close to you who have served faithfully under arms for us. Speak their names, and they shall not be forgotten. Pray for the safe return for those who serve in harms way this day.