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Anzac Day 2015. Scripture Readings, Prayers and the Ode. Compiled by Fr.Kevin Walsh – Sydney Australia

22 Apr

WELCOME & COMMENTARY.

100 years since the landing at Gallipoli

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On this day, above all days, we recall those who did not return to receive the welcome and gratitude of their nation; those men and women who still sleep where they fell; in the valleys and ridges of Gallipoli; on the rocky terraced hills of Palestine; in the lovely cemeteries of France; in the shimmering haze of the Libyan desert, of Bardia, Tobruk and Egypt; amid the mountain passes and olive groves of Greece and Crete; the rugged, snow-capped hills of Syria; and amid loving friends in England; in the rich jungles of Malaya, Burma, Thailand, the Dutch East Indies, New Guinea and the Pacific Islands; and in our land, Australia; and many an unknown resting-place in almost every land and sea.

We remember also those who paid the supreme sacrifice in the snow and slush of Korea; in the heat and humidity of Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam.

We think especially of those of our women’s services who gave their lives in our own and foreign lands, and particularly of those who proved, in so much more than name, the sisters of our fighting men.

We remember especially our peace-keepers in the Persian Gulf, in Bouganville, in East Timor and elsewhere.

We remember particularly those Special Forces Troops currently engaged in Afghanistan and Iraq.

We think of them all at this time of the year.

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Let us pray.
Lord, our God, boundless provider, source of peace that the world cannot give, kindly hear our constant prayer on this Anzac Day. We pray for those who bore witness to your own fidelity by giving their lives for those they loved. Resurrect them in our true homeland and perfect that peace for which they longed and died. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
All: Amen.

GOD’S WORD

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A Reading from the Book of Wisdom. (3:1-9).

The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, no torment shall ever touch them. In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die, their going looked like a disaster, their leaving us, like annihilation; but they are in peace. If they experienced punishment as men see it, their hope was rich with immortality; slight was their affliction, great will their blessings be. God has put them to the test and proved them worthy to be with him; he has tested them like gold in a furnace, and accepted them as a holocaust. When the time comes for his visitation they will shine out; as sparks run through the stubble, so will they. They shall judge nations, rule over peoples, and the Lord will be their king for ever. They who trust in him will understand the truth, those who are faithful will live with him in love; for grace and mercy await those he has chosen.

A Reading from the first letter of St John. (3:1-2).

Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are. Because the world refused to acknowledge him, therefore it does not acknowledge us. My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has
not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Happy are those who have died in the Lord; let them rest from their labours for their good deeds go with them. Alleluia.
A Reading from the holy Gospel according to John. (12:23-26).

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Jesus said to his disciples:
“Now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you, most solemnly, unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest. Anyone who loves his life loses it; anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If a man serves me, he must follow me, wherever I am my servant will be there too. If anyone serves me, my Father will honour him.

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS.

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Leader: Let us pray together on our national day of remembrance to the God of peace; that his peace will rule in our hearts and His justice guide our lives.

Reader: We pray for the Church that it may be a true source of consolation and hope for those who mourn for families and friends who have died in war. We pray to the Lord.
All. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader: We pray that the heavenly Father will guide our political and military leaders to seek justice and peace in their dealings with other peoples and nations. We pray to the Lord.
All. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader: We pray the heavenly Father will send His Holy Spirit upon us so that we may be people of justice and peace. We pray to the Lord.
All. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader: We pray the heavenly Father will grant to those men and women serving in our armed forces, minds and hearts of peace and justice, so that they may treat others, even enemies, with justice and humanity. We pray to the Lord.
All. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader: We pray that the heavenly Father grant peace of mind and comfort to those who still suffer from wounds or injuries received in the service of their country. We pray to the Lord.
All. Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader. We pray that the heavenly Father grant eternal rest to all men and women who gave their lives in the defence and service of their country.
We pray to the Lord.
All. Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Heavenly Father, God of Peace, we turn to you on this day of National remembrance. May the spirit of Jesus, Your Son, lead us to the peace He alone can give. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
All. Amen.

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THE ODE
Their glory shall never die,
the whole wide world
Is their Sepulchre.
Their epitaph is written in the
Hearts of all mankind
and where ever there is talk
Of noble deeds their names will be held
in grateful
Remembrance.

They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We shall remember them.
Lest we forget!

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