This Remembrance Day, don’t just remember those who have fallen in war; pray for them, the Bishop of the Forces has urged readers of The Catholic Universe.
Leading tributes to those who fought, were wounded or gave their lives during all conflicts, Bishop Paul Mason urged all Catholics to not only remember the deceased, but to pray for their souls and salvation.
“The poppy sellers are out. Standing on street corners across the country they remind us of our duty to remember British service personnel who have died in wars and other military conflicts since the onset of World War I,” Bishop Mason told The Catholic Universe.
“By tradition, a two-minute period of silence is observed throughout the country at 11am. This silence was instituted by George V in 1919 so that ‘the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead’.”
But Bishop Mason pointed out that November is also the month in which Catholics pray especially for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
“We don’t just remember but we also pray for the dead,” he said.
“The dead can seem a distant memory, especially the war dead, so perhaps it is a good reminder that as Christians our journey through this world is not a solitary one.
“Our salvation is intertwined with the salvation of others, living and dead. Love and duty are a bugle call for us to come to their aid, as indeed they can come to ours.
“As we observe two minutes silence this year to remember those fallen in war, remember also to prayer for their souls and for their salvation,” continued Bishop Mason.
“As people of Christian Faith we are all fighting the same fight and, through prayer, we have the power to help one another in the battle.
“We will remember them.”
Picture: Poppy flowers grow on a field. (Federico Gambarini/DPA/PA).