They Shall Grow Not Old
Resources for Remembrance, Memorial and Commemorative Services
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This book contains a range of services developed from the official Remembrancetide resources published by the liturgical authorities of the British Isles. It includes:
- a simple remembrance ceremony
- a formal ceremony at a war memorial
- a service for Remembrance Sunday
- a veterans' service
- a Remembrance service with a Eucharist
- a parade service
and material for other related occasions that all parish clergy may be asked to conduct. No formal denominational services exist for these occasions and so this fills a real gap.
As well as complete services, it contains a wide range of greetings, biddings, opening prayers, confessions, intercessions, litanies, blessings as well as Bible readings printed out in full, so that civilian clergy and armed forces chaplains may create customized services according to local need.
This volume was produced in association with the Royal Army Chaplains' Department, building on the work of the Joint Liturgical Group (Churches Together in Britain and Ireland), the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England, the Panel on Worship of the Church of Scotland, and the Royal British Legion. This book would be useful throughout the Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth.
A CD ROM of the whole text to aid framing your own services is included, with ready to print general service sheets for a number of occasions and with music for the Last Post.
'Brian Elliott's attractive compendium of resources and liturgies for marking all aspects of the deeply resonant and moving season of Remembrance is invaluable and deserves to be used far beyond the confines of Britain, indeed across the Commonwealth and beyond. His wisdom and pastoral experience over many years of priestly ministry are evident. They Shall Not Grow Old should find a place on the shelves of all who have the rewarding privilege of leading commemorative worship and should inspire them to ensure that it is well prepared, dignified, reverent, and imaginative.' -- The Rt Revd Michael Lewis, Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf
'As the Member of Parliament for Aldershot, home of the British Army, and a Churchwarden of the Royal Garrison Church in that town I am acutely aware of the sacrifices which soldiers and their families continue to make. Through my constituency duties and having served on the frontbenches for 10 years, 2 of which as a Minister in the Ministry of Defence, I have attended many formal Acts of Remembrance, including in theatre, and I understand the importance of ensuring clergy have the very best resources to fulfil this essential role. I have known the author, Padre Elliott, over many years and I am glad his long experience as an Army Chaplain is made available in this excellent book.' -- Sir Gerald Howarth MP
'Even if the people of our world were to discover how to live together in peace and harmony, we would still need to remember and to remind ourselves of those whose courage and sacrifice made it all possible. In the event, sadly, our world seems no less violent or unstable than it was when the first edition of Brian Elliott's book was published. Its resources have been much valued and remain a vital liturgical and spiritual inspiration both for those who continue to lead such ceremonies, and those who wish quietly and individually to reflect and remember. I warmly commend this book.' -- The Rt Revd Dr Stephen Venner DL, Bishop to HM Forces
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