On November 11th, 1918, fighting in the Great War, World War I, came to an end following the signing of an armistice. Today, Remembrance Sunday is particularly poignant as we mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.
There are many memorials inside and outside churches for the Great War recording the names of those who gave their lives.
Ealing Abbey had a war memorial chapel of the Holy Souls which was completed in 1928. Sadly, in the Second World War the east end of the Abbey Church was largely destroyed by a high explosive bomb on the morning of Monday 7th October 1940. This wrecked the organ chamber and damaged the War Memorial Chapel. That night a second delayed action bomb fell and that exploded at 6am on Monday 8th October. It blew up the entire east end of the church. All except two stained glass windows were blown out, and the west window was warped by the blast.
November is the month where we remember all those who have died and we pray for them. Today, in particular, we pray for all those who lost their lives, all who were injured and affected by the Great War; subsequent wars and conflict.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Yours in Christ