Remembrance Sunday Service and Parade, Bradford - Order of Service


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Remembrance Sunday - 12 November 2023

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All are invited to join in saying the words in bold type.

By 10.50am the Lord-Lieutenant, High Sheriff, the Royal British Legion, the Civic party and other organisations will arrive at the mirror pool, City Park.

The City of Bradford Brass Band will play until 10.55am.

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The Gathering

The Very Reverend Andy Bowerman, Dean of Bradford, says

We gather around this memorial today, in the presence of God; the creator and judge of all people, to remember all those from this community who were caught up in the courageous but tragic events of the First World War, and in subsequent and continuing conflicts.

We remember those who were killed in action, or by disease, the bereaved, the lost, the families which were shattered, the wounded, maimed and injured, those who held in silence unspeakable memories of warfare. As we remember those who fought and those who remained anxiously at home in this community, let us pray that God will heal all memories, speak a word of peace, and bring us his healing.

We also renew our commitment to ending cycles of violence and hatred so that all may have the opportunity to live together in freedom, justice and peace.

We keep silence until the City Hall clock strikes 11.00am.

The act of remembrance and two minutes’ silence then follows.

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Act of Remembrance

‘They shall grow not old,
as we that 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.’

All assembled repeat:
We will remember them.

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The Last Post & Reveille

The bugle call is followed by two minutes of silence, after which the reveille
is sounded.

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The Very Reverend Andy Bowerman, Dean of Bradford, says

Ever-living God
as we remember those whom you have gathered
from the storm of war into the peace of your presence;
so may that same peace calm our fears,
bring justice to all peoples,
and establish harmony among the nations,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748), based on Psalm 90
Tune: ‘St Anne’, William Croft (1678-1727)

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home.

Under the shadow of thy throne
thy saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defence is sure.

A thousand ages in thy sight
are like an evening gone,
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
be thou our guard while troubles last,
and our eternal home.

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Words from the Hebrew Scriptures are read by the
Lord Mayor’s Chaplain, Reverend Roger Quick

But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.

In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.

For though in the sight of others they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.

Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great
good, because God tested them and found them worthy
of himself; like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt-offering he accepted them.

In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.

They will govern nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord will reign over them for ever.

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The Prayers

Led by the Bishop of Bradford, with Faith Representatives.
Concluding with:

O God of truth and justice,
we hold before you those whose memory we cherish,
and those whose names we will never know.
Give us perseverance in working for reconciliation
within this broken and divided world,
and grant us grace,
that we might pray for our enemies and all who wish us harm.
As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future;
for you are the source of our life and hope, now and for ever.

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The Lord’s Prayer

All are invited to join together in saying the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

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The Laying of Wreaths

On the day of the event, those who are participating in the wreath-laying will be provided with numbers/letters to indicate their place in the order of wreath-laying.

Owing to the temporary relocation of this year’s event to City Park, wreaths laid will be respectfully and safely transferred to the cenotaph by our staff, following the service. However, those wishing to place their wreath at the cenotaph themselves
are welcome to do so.

The Kohima Epitaph is then proclaimed by a member of the Royal British Legion.

‘When you go home tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today.’

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Verses 1,4: William Whiting (1825-78)
verses 2,3: Brian Elliott CF

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm doth bind the restless wave,
Who bid’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.

O Christ, the Universal Lord,
who suffered death by nails and sword,
from all assault of deadly foe
sustain thy soldiers where they go;
and evermore hold in thy hand
all those in peril on the land.

O Holy Spirit, Lord of grace,
Who fills with strength the human race,
Inspire us all to know the right;
Guide all who dare the eagle’s flight;
And underneath thy wings of care
Guard all from peril in the air.

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to thee,
Praise from the air, the land and sea.

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Act of Commitment

Led by the Right Reverend Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford

Let us commit ourselves to learn from the sadness and sacrifice of the past,
that we may live in peace with our neighbours.
Will you work for all that makes for peace?
We will.

Will you seek to heal the wounds of war?
We will.

Will you work for a just future for all humanity?
We will.

Merciful God, we offer to you our sorrows and our fears
that they may be gathered up by your healing love.
Strengthen within us a desire for peace and a hunger for justice,
that we may act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with you our God

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The Blessing

God, grant to the living, grace;
to the departed, rest;
the King, the Commonwealth
and all humankind, peace and concord;
and to us and all his servants, life everlasting;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

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The National Anthem

God save our gracious King!
Long live our noble King!
God save the King!
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the King.
Thy choicest gifts in store
On him be pleased to pour,
Long may he reign:
May he defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the King.

The Sunset ceremony will be performed to conclude the service.

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The City of Bradford MDC conveys its thanks to all who participated in the Service
and Parade.

We appreciate the extensive groundworks currently taking place in the vicinity of the
cenotaph has reduced the capacity of the area where the event usually takes place, so the
difficult decision to relocate this service to the City Park this year has been taken. This
ensures that there will be enough room for those attending to do so safely and for the
service and act of remembrance to retain its dignity.

We understand that this relocation may come as a disappointment to some, but this
decision has been taken with the safety of everyone in mind and we remain grateful for
your continued support and understanding.