Service of Light part of Norwich Remembrance Sunday
A Service of Light and procession through the city’s streets will be one of the highlights of Norwich Anglican Cathedral’s Remembrance commemorations this weekend.
As night falls on Remembrance Sunday, the Cathedral’s Nave will be filled with candlelight for the special service that will culminate in a procession to join communities from across Norwich for a further act of remembrance at the War Memorial outside City Hall.
The Service of Light is one of a number of events being held at Norwich Cathedral to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for freedom.
Throughout November, visitors can walk through A Curtain of Poppies into the Cathedral’s military chapel (St Saviour’s Chapel) and the stories of 11 specific soldiers linked to the Cathedral and Norwich School are remembered as part of the There But Not There installation. A display of 100 Hearts tells tales of comradeship and bravery through the artistry of stitch and people can dedicate a cross to a lost loved one in the Cathedral’s Field of Remembrance in the Cloister Garth.
Tonight (Friday) General the Lord Dannatt, former head of the British Army, will give a talk on The Law, Morality and Armed Conflict, meanwhile on Saturday the Cathedral’s Chamber Choir and Players will join forces with the Västerås Cathedral Motet Choir to perform a We Will Remember Them Concert featuring works by Brahms and Parry.
Commemorations on Remembrance Sunday will began at 6am when a lone piper will play Battle’s O’er outside the Cathedral’s West Door as part of the nationwide act of remembrance Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute.
Following a 10.40am Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial outside City Hall, there will be a Veterans and Armed Forces Parade to the Cathedral where the Bishop of Norwich will preach at an 11.40am service.
On Sunday evening the Cathedral will then host the 6pm Service of Light before everyone processes, with their candles in hand, to the War Memorial outside City Hall for a 6.45pm service including the ringing of the city bells and the lighting of a beacon.
Throughout the Remembrance commemorations, Norwich Cathedral will be joined by visitors from Norwich’s twin city Koblenz in Germany and from Fécamp in France.
The Dean of Norwich, the Very Rev Jane Hedges, said: “We have a number of special services and events planned at which we will remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and we will give thanks for their courage and fortitude.
“As we pray for the bereaved, we will also look to the future and reflect on the ways in which we can help to bring peace and reconciliation in our world.
“We pray that the young people of today, and in the generations to come, both in this land and throughout the world, may never experience such loss and suffering as the people we are remembering at this time.”
Pictured above, Knapton Knitters, with the help of Norfolk Knitters, have created A Curtain of Poppies for people to walk through as they enter St Saviour’s Chapel inside Norwich Anglican Cathedral. Picture by Paul Hurst.