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Remembrance Sunday  

For the 11:00 a.m. service on Sunday, The Rev. Dr. G. Malcolm Sinclair is calling his sermon “At the Bottom of the Bed.” “In the face of all the hard issues and raw emotions present around war and remembrance, the readings today take us under the surface. Strange settings and unexpected responses lead us to wonder if there are more forces for good at work in us and around us in the world than we realize.”  

For the organ prelude, Dr. Patricia Wright will play Chant Héroïque and Chant de Paix by Jean Langlais, and Nimrod by Sir Edward Elgar, arranged for organ by William Harris. The postlude will be Highland Cathedral for organ and pipes arranged by James D. Wetherald. Rory Sinclair is the piper and, at the Offertory, he will play The Battle of the Somme and The Heights of Dargai arranged by James D. Wetherald. The Metropolitan Choir will sing In Flanders Fields by Eleanor Daley; Thine, O Lord, is the Greatness by James Kent (sung by the Metropolitan Choir on the Sunday following the Armistice in 1918); and Iustorum Animae (The Souls of the Righteous) by William Byrd. The hymns will be No.526 (Weep for the Dead), No.527 (God, As with Silent Hearts, We Bring to Mind), and No.806 (O God Our Help in Ages Past).   The final piece in the carillon prelude played by Roy Lee will be A Sacred Suite, by Geert D’hollander.  

The Bible readings are Ruth 3:1-5 (Ruth and Boaz at the threshing floor), and 4:13-17 (the marriage of Boas and Ruth); Hebrews 9:24-28 (Christ’s sacrifice takes away sin); and Mark 12:38-44 (Jesus denounces the scribes, and, the widow’s offering).  

Do you know? At 11:00 a.m. carillonneur Roy Lee will toll the bell 100 times, and then the Remembrance ceremony (including the Last Post, Silence, and the Royal Anthem) will take place. The 78th Fraser Highlanders will be in attendance.   

Also: The final piece of the carillon prelude was commissioned for today's inauguration of the new Peace Carillon of Park Abbey in Leuven (Belgium), a replica of the 18th-century carillon that was destroyed during World War I. The composition is being jointly premiered today at some 50 carillons around the world. The new Peace Carillon sends a sonorous message to the world that reconciliation is always possible.