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Vicar's News - 13 November 2022

Remembrance Sunday

This Sunday at the 8am and 10am services we will be remembering those who were lost in all wars and conflicts. Medals may be worn.

In the afternoon there will be a special Remembrance concert directed by Tim Mallis and featuring the exciting voice of Lachlan McDonald. This recital is in memory of the fallen. Weaving English and Australian poetry, this concert is a chance to reflect on the wars of the past and present. In particular, it will feature the song cycles of Gerald Finzi (Air, and Earth, and Rain) and Timothy Mallis (The Burning Marl).

• When: Sunday 13 November, 2pm

• Where: St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Brighton (corner of Church and New Streets)

• Tickets: $30, plus ticket fee - book here

• Doors open 1.45pm


The music at 10am this Sunday will be:

Prelude: Elegy – George Thalben-Ball (1896-1987)

Hymns: Processional Christ, whose glory fills the skies

Gradual Hymn to a new day

Thanksgiving Amazing grace

Post Communion The strife is o’er, the battle done

Setting: Christ Church Mass – Philip Matthias (b. 1954)

Psalm: A Song of Isaiah; Mallis

Anthem: And I saw a new heaven – Malcolm Archer (b.1952)

Motet: Verily, verily I say unto you – Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)

Postlude: March in B-flat – Edmonstoune Duncan (1866-1920)


Menin Gate

As we remember the fallen, let us not forget those who have no known grave, many of whom, from the First World War, who are recorded on the walls of the Menin Gate.

Peter Batchelor writes for us:

"During the First World War the rubble around Menin Gate in Belgium became the exiting point for troops moving to battle along the northern front. After the war the Menin Gate was rebuilt in the form of a Memorial Arch. It became the place where thousands of names were listed – particularly the names of those whose remains were never found.

In 1928 the sounding of the Last Post each day was commenced and continues until today as an act of gratitude by the people of Belgium for what was done for them.

During the Second World War the practice was transferred to Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey, England. The Last Post continued to be played during the recent pandemic although to an empty Memorial Hall.

The local Volunteer Fire Brigade provides the buglers and has performed in the presence of growing numbers since the 1990s with Remembrance Day drawing large crowds including Belgium’s Royalty.

People travel to the Menin Gate to find the names of lost relatives. They are able to establish continuing bonds at the Menin Gate with lost soldiers from the memorial lists. The Last Post Service in the evening then provides solace and purpose.

Events around the Menin Gate and celebratory activities in the town of Ypres are organised by the Last Post Association which draws membership from local constituents and international supporters".