Can­dle­light ser­vice to mark the Great War

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A VIL­LAGE is plan­ning to come to­gether to mark the cen­te­nary of First World War.

St Giles Church, in Church Lane, Stoke Po­ges, will be the fo­cus for the sur­round­ing vil­lages as they join in with churches across Bri­tain on Au­gust 4 to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the First World War.

The church­yard con­tains the graves of some of those who fought and died in the war.

The event will in­clude spe­cial an­thems, read­ings from the let­ters of soldiers who fought at the time and pray for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and an end to vi­o­lence and con­flict in the world to­day.

The ser­vice will be­gin at 10pm and will be pre­ceded by a walk from the vil­lage hall to the church.

Bells calling peo­ple to church will be muf­fled and Royal Bri­tish Le­gion storm can­dles will be placed on the rel­e­vant graves.

One of the or­gan­is­ers Gaynor Houghton-Jones said: “A can­dlelit ser­vice was con­ceived from the fa­mous words of Sir Edward Grey, for­eign sec­re­tary at the time ‘The lamps are go­ing out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time’.

“This will be an op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise all the Com­mon­wealth soldiers who stood by Bri­tain at that time, to re­flect on a pe­riod in our his­tory which led to tremen­dous sac­ri­fice and brav­ery on the bat­tle­field and quiet hero­ism on the home front.

“The war changed the world and shaped the coun­try we live in to­day.”

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