Monday, November 10, 2008

Veteran's Day Tradition Resumes

A breaking e-mail from the rector.

Friends of Our Saviour,

Now that we have the Restoration Bell in place, we can begin to observe some of the important remembrances of our history. Since Nov. 11, 1918, at 11:00 a.m., when the Treaty of Versailles was signed to end World War I, it has been the custom in many countries to ring eleven bells at 11:00 a.m. on that day each year. It is a way to remember those who have died in the service of their countries and to pray for peace. I'll be doing the honors of ringing the bell at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. I would ask you to stop wherever you are and to honor Veterans Day. If you can, observe a minute of silence at 11:00 a.m. and then pray with me the following collect:

Almighty and everlasting God, in whom all souls live now and evermore, the God not of the dead but of the living: We bless you for all those who have faithfully lived and died in the service of their country. As we ever hold them in grateful remem-brance, let your love and mercy in light perpetual shine upon them, and bring us all at last into your eternal kingdom of peace; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. Charlie

Wish I could be there to hear it ring, but since I cannot, here is a YouTube clip,

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