To mark the Centenary of the First Armistice, Professor Norman Drummond, chair of WW100 Scotland the Scottish Commemorations Panel, has composed a commemorative prayer. It was read by three generations of a German/Scottish family, along with Commonwealth representatives from Canada, Australia and New Zealand at Scotland’s Commemorative Service for the Centenary of the First Armistice.
‘Mixed emotions, then and now’
O God our Father,
We understand that on this Armistice Day 100 years ago there were many and mixed emotions, such as we in remembrance and in our own time can still feel today.
We call to mind the sadness of so many lives lost and injured, families torn apart and for whom life was never ever the same.
We call to mind the relief that the ‘War that was meant to end all wars’ was coming to a close.
We call to mind the joy of those returning from war and the heartfelt welcomes which awaited them.
We call to mind the sense of victory despite all the odds and hitherto insurmountable hardships.
We also call to mind that life could never be the same again with so many seeds of social, industrial and technological change and we thank you that amidst all these mixed emotions men and women of our Nation continued to embrace courage for the future in uncertain times.
We also remember, in the words of the Canadian Medical Officer, Captain John McCrae:
“To you from failing hands we throw the torch;
be yours to hold it high.”
That torch of Faith and Hope and Love continues to be thrown to each and every one of us, in our homes and in our families, in our communities and across our Nation.
So let us say together:
Help and remind us in our also uncertain times never to break faith with those “who for our tomorrow gave their today” – and so in turn to demonstrate our Faith and our Hope and our Love for today and every day.
And so may Peace, Your Peace, which passes all our human understanding, reign in all our hearts.
Help us to be courageous and kind in our time and generation and so to leave the world better for our presence and devotion to those things which matter, and which will last.
Prayer composed by
The Revd Professor Norman Drummond CBE FRSE
Chair, WW100 Scotland