Monday 13th November 2017
Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike have spoken of the terrible cost of war and the need wherever possible to pursue peace - as they remembered with deep gratitude those who have given their lives to protect their country. They were at Remembrance events this weekend in both Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, joining thousands of people in the county honouring the fallen’s courage.
Bishop Martin said: “Remembrance is a powerful and moving time for so many of us. We recall with deep gratitude those men and women who have given their lives for the protection of our country. We are so grateful that the traditions of Remembrance continue, as strong as ever, giving us time to pause and pray, to be reminded of the preciousness of so much we may take for granted, and of the terrible cost of war"
Bishop Martin joined hundreds of people on Sunday at the Cenotaph in Christ Church Park Ipswich and then during the afternoon preached for the Deaf Church meeting at St Nicholas, in Ipswich.
Bishop Mike said: “On Remembrance Sunday we honour those whose courage, sacrifice and bravery have helped secure for us the peace and security we enjoy, to give thanks for them and pause to recall what was won at such great cost. But we also recall the horror, the inhumanity and the tragedy of war at this time too, not to wallow in it, but because so doing gives us all the greater resolve to seek, wherever possible to avoid armed conflict and pursue peace and reconciliation. More than this, remembering is about putting us back together differently, as agents of peace in the name and memory of the fallen.”
Bishop Mike attended St Mary’s in Bury St Edmunds and also the wreath laying in the town during the weekend.