Churches host ‘unseen heroes’
Churches will host a series of “stirring” art pieces to commemorate the centenary anniversary of Armistice Day.
CHURCHES will host a series of “stirring” art pieces to commemorate the centenary anniversary of Armistice Day.
Silhouettes of First World War soldiers made of perspex have been installed at St Mary Magdalene’s Church in Cwmbach and St Elvan’s in Aberdare.
The pieces have been installed as part of the There But Not There campaign, remembering First World War casualties around the centenary of the end of the conflict.
The churches are among a number of Diocese of Llandaff churches hosting the silhouettes and holding special commemorative events.
Archdeacon of Morgannwg and priest-in-charge of Cwmbach Christopher Smith said: “To some people, 100 years seems a long time, but many people will have strong family links to those who lost their lives in World War One or those who survived but carried the scars of that conflict for the rest of their lives.
“In remembering them, we are committing ourselves to a future of peace, forgiveness and hope.
“Those who gave their lives did so that we might live in peace; we must do all we can to work for that peace, for ourselves and for those who come after us.”
At the outbreak of the First World War, Cwmbach was still a small mining and farming village outside Aberdare.
The war memorial in St Mary Magdalene’s Church lists the names of 40 men who were killed in action during that conflict, devastating that community.
Archdeacon Smith said: “Those people have never been forgotten, and alongside those who lost their lives in the Second World War and the Falklands Conflict, they will be remembered on November 11, 2018.
“The parish has supported the There But Not There campaign as part of this act of remembrance. Members of the congregation have been seeking the descendants of those named on the memorials to invite them to join this act of remembrance.”
Other churches in the Llandaff Diocese supporting the There But Not There campaign include St Illtud’s Church, in Llantwit Fardre, which has eight silhouettes, St Elvan’s in Aberdare, which has four and St Mary’s, Whitchurch, which has two.
Rector of Whitchurch, the Reverend John Davis said: “I think that remembrance is something that we do at every Eucharist, but this act of remembrance really touches the heart of our society and connects us with the wider community.
“As a church we need to go out and engage with the community rather than wait for people to come to us and this is us doing just that.”
Silhouettes of First World War soldiers at St Mary Magdalene’s Church in Cwmbach
A silhouette at St Elvan’s Church, Aberdare