Remembrance Sunday at St Michael & All Angels

Image above: Fr Kevin Morris, Vicar of St Michael & All Angels

In contrast to the events in the centre of London, the Remembrance ceremonies in Chiswick were quiet and respectful as usual. Torin Douglas was at the service at St Michael & All Angels

Text by Torin Douglas MBE. Pictures by Torin and Jim Cox

More than 200 people of all ages attended this year’s Remembrance Sunday service at St Michael & All Angels Church Bedford Park. The Choral Requiem Mass was led by the Vicar, Father Kevin Morris, with the Choir of St Michael & All Angels under the director of music and organist Jonathan Dods.

The mass setting was Requiem Opus 9 by Maurice Durufle and there was a prayer, written by the Archbishop of Canterbury, for all who suffer in the Holy Land, Israelis and Palestinians, and the families of the bereaved.

Image above: Inside St Michael & All Angels 

In the church, over 500 poppies knitted by the congregation were displayed on the Parish Memorial Rood Screen, together with a vase of ceramic poppies from the 2014 display at the Tower of London and ten soldier silhouettes from the There But Not There programme, which marked the centenary of the First World War.

After the singing of the National Anthem at the end of the service, the clergy, choir and congregation processed to the Bedford Park war memorial seat outside the Parish Hall for the two-minute silence, signalled by a trumpeter. Poppy wreaths were laid by the assistant priest Father Brandon Fletcher-James and members of the Children’s Church.

Image above: Leading the congregation outside to St Michael & All Angels’ war memorial bench

This year’s Remembrance exhibition, Chiswick Women In War, will remain on display in the church till next Sunday November 19th. It can also be seen online here:

Chiswick Women in War exhibition

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Image above: The laying of the wreath

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