“Yet ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried.” Isaiah 53:4
These words are taken from the suffering servant song in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. Many scholars in the Church believe this is the direct prophecy of what would take place some 700 years later when Jesus suffered and died on Calvary for us. These words can give us comfort in times of sorrow. We remember this week all those who have died in war.
On Sunday, within our local communities, special Remembrance services will be held to remember all those who have given their lives for their country in times of war and unrest. This powerful and reflective verse which is said every Remembrance service is taken from Laurence Binyon’s poem “For the fallen.”. This will also be used as part of the Armistice Day commemorations which will be held on Monday 11th November as we remember the 11th hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month when the Armistice was signed at Compeign, France and which meant the Great War was at an end as the guns fell silent after four long years of war.
They shall grow not old as we who 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.
We will remember them.
These words from the Kohima in Myanmar (Burma) epitaph are also said as part of these special services all around the world.
“When you go home
Tell them of us and say
‘For your tomorrow
we gave our today.’ ”
This Remembrance Sunday, and at our special act of Remembrance here in St Bede’s on Monday, 11th November, let us pray for all those who have died in the service of their country; those who have to live with the physical, mental and emotional scars of war, their families and friends; civilians who have died and all victims of war; refugees who have been displaced from their homeland because of war and civil unrest that still rage in our troubled world today.
Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace,
You died on the Cross for us to bring us closer to You and to each other.
Lead us from death to life, from lies to truth.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe, peace, peace, peace.
In Your Name we pray.
Amen. Adapted from “A prayer for peace.” Catholic Online.