Bishop of Hereford
Anyone driving around the Counties of Hereford and Shropshire over the last couple of months cannot have failed to see in many different locations the black silhouettes of a lone soldier arrayed in the kit and uniform of the first world war infantry man commonly known as the Tommy. They are there because this year marks the centenary year ending the hostilities of the First World War. The words ‘Lest we forget’ have this stark visual reminder in addition to the more familiar poppy.
It is important to remember that the ending of that war was an Armistice. No one knows for sure of how many casualties there were but estimates of around sixteen million are regularly quoted. There were no winners or losers in the sense of the victorious and the vanquished. It was a mutual agreement to stop fighting and so on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month hostilities ceased.
For much of the twentieth century ‘Lest we forget’ had an obvious meaning in that for many the annual Remembrance Day had a personal link as it provided a way in which individuals could share publicly as the nation expressed its grief corporately. Certainly, after the first war the level of grief and family loss was extensive. Hardly a family in the land were untouched by loss. The Second World War was similar. Of course, we must not underestimate the way that grief still affects those who have lost loved ones in more recent conflicts or diminish the sacrifice they made.
However, as we enter the second decade of the twenty first century what does ‘Lest we forget’ mean now? George Santayana (1863-1952) wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” War may be unavoidable at times but it is always a failure. The lessons of war are surely to work for peace, justice and reconciliation and do all in our power to prevent it. As human beings we are capable of achieving great heights and sinking to abominable depths. Aggression and conflict remain realities. In our digital and cyber age it comes in many and various guises. It is a matter of history that narrow nationalism did not help the inexorable slide into the conflict a century ago. The right to self-determination should never be conflated with narrow self-interest. The pursuit of trust, truth and cooperation are as important now as ever. ‘Lest we forget’ surely needs to focus here as we look to the future.
Everyone is welcome to join any of the acts of worship that take place at the cathedral. Services are normally held at the following times:
Monday – Saturday
7.30am – Morning Prayer 8am – Holy Communion 5.30pm – Evensong(Evensong is normally sung by the cathedral choir every day during term time except Wednesdays)
8am – Holy Communion 10am – Cathedral Eucharist 11.30am – Matins
3.30pm – Evensong
Wednesday 12.15pm – Holy Communion
Wednesday 1.05pm – Prayers for Peace
Friday 12noon – Prayers at the Shrine of St Ethelbert
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Monday 5 November onwards
Field of Remembrance
From Monday 5 November, the Royal British Legion’s
Field of Remembrance will be open in the Lady Arbour Garden.
5 November – 11 November, 4.15pm
Reading of the Names of the Fallen
Throughout this period, the names of the fallen will be read in the cathedral each day from 4.15pm. On Sunday 11 November the final names will be read at Choral Evensong which begins at 3.30pm
Friday 2 November, 5.30pm
All Souls Requiem
Friday 2 & Saturday 3 November, 7.30pm
Antic Disposition present Henry V
Marking the centenary of the First World War Armistice on 11 November 2018, Antic Disposition’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Henry V returns for a final season of performances in ten of England’s finest cathedrals. Tickets £25 – £35 available at www. ticketsource.co.uk/ad1
Sunday 4 November, 5.30pm
The Evening Hour is a service of prayer for healing and time for quiet reflection at the shrine of Saint Thomas of Hereford in the north transept of the cathedral. All are welcome to attend.
Professor Colin Howard, DSc, PhD, FRCPath, FIBiol, will recall how politicians and generals ignored its impact of the Spanish Flu on the war effort until too late. Tickets: £9 per member in advance (£10 guests / door) College Hall.
Sunday 11 November, 10am
The Cathedral Eucharist will mark Remembrance Day with music from Duruflé’s Requiem.
Sunday 11 November, 3.30pm
Choral Evensong with Sunset Ceremony
Final county service as part of the WWI Commemorations with the final Reading of Names.
Saturday 17 November, 7pm
Hereford Choral Society
Concert: Choral Classics
Tickets available here: www.herefordchoralsociety.org/ performance.php
Sunday 18 November, 3.30pm
Evensong: Road Peace Service
A service of remembrance and hope for those affected by road crashes their families, friends and the emergency services.
Friday 23 November, 7pm
Just Fighting with Major General Arthur Denaro CBE DL
This talk examines the criteria for a Just War and attempts to develop a set of rules to guide leaders in the future and gives some personal thoughts on post conflict reconciliation.
Tickets: £8 (Please book through the Cathedral
Climb the 218 steps to the top of the cathedral tower to see stunning views of Hereford and the surrounding countryside. Tours usually take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 11.30 am and 1.30 pm, tickets £5 for adults, £3 students and children 8-16 (not recommended for younger children) from the Cathedral Shop 01432 374210 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Do you know of a boy, aged 6–8 years of age, who might be interested in joining
the internationally-renowned Hereford Cathedral Choir? As well as singing in the cathedral, the choir regularly tours abroad, broadcasts on TV & radio, annual perform in London (Guards’ Chapel) and takes part in the world-famous Three Choirs Festival.
It may be your son, or equally it may be a grandson, nephew or the son of friends – sometimes a gentle nudge of the parents might be needed! If a parent or guardian would like an informal discussion about the opportunities, Geraint Bowen, the
director of music, would be delighted to hear from you (01432 374238, organist@ herefordcathedral.org or visit www. herefordcathedral.org). All choristers receive generous scholarships to the cathedral school and, in some cases, fully-funded places can be made available.