An Act of Remembrance

An Act of Remembrance

This year our act of remembrance takes place in very unusual circumstances. Whilst we have not been able to meet together and worship together we nevertheless – and perhaps more importantly than ever – remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in war for our freedom.

The Act of Remembrance was filmed on the 5th November at St. Anselm’s Church, Hayes. The Mayor of Hillingdon – Cllr Teji Barnes – laid a wreath at the altar on behalf of the people of Hayes. The service will be available to watch on Sunday from 10:45am – after our live-streamed Parish Mass.

The service starts with they hymn Who Will True Valour See (Archer) – the lyrics are below if you would like to sing along. It ends with the Anthem I Give To You A New Commandment (Nardone) both recorded by as part of the partnership between the Church of England with St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Royal School of Church Music.

John Bunyan (1628-1688)

Who would true valour see
Let him come hither
One here will constant be
Come wind, come weather
There’s no discouragement
Shall make him once relent
His first avowed intent to be a pilgrim

Whoso beset him ’round With dismal stories
Who but themselves confound
His strength the more is
No lion can him fright
He’ll with a giant fight
But he will have a right to be a pilgrim.

Hobgoblin nor foul fiend
Can daunt his spirit
He knows he at the end
Shall life inherit
Then fancies flee away
He’ll fear not what men say
He’ll labour night and day to be a pilgrim

(repeat first verse)