"Our soul must perform two duties. The one is that we must reverently wonder and be surprised. The other is that we must gently let go and let be." Julian of Norwich

...Cancer teaches both!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Canada Remembers


11 - 11 - 11

World War I was finally brought to an end with the signing of an armistice on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.  On November 11, 1918, 93 years ago, the "war to end all wars" was over. The 4 years of brutal fighting claimed over 20 million lives, about half of which were civilians, and brought an end to the German, Russian, Ottoman, and Austro-Hungarian Empires.

The Fallen

For 91 years we have marked November 11th as a day to remember those who have lost their lives in military service and to reflect on the continued presence of war in our world.   This year we particularly remember those Canadians who have died in action since last Remembrance Day.

Corporal Steve Martin
Corporal Yannick Scherrer
Bombardier Karl Manning
Master Corporal Francis Roy
Master Corporal Byron Greff
(from CBC "In the Line of Duty")


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 will remember them...

 Mount Royal Kantorei - The Kontakion - from Kantorei on Vimeo.

"Give rest unto your servants with your saints
O God, Give rest, Give rest.
Where there is neither pain nor sorrow
Neither sighing but life everlasting."

A Musical Blessing:  "Kontakion" by Rupert Lang 


And still, we long and pray for peace in our day...

Amabile Boys Choir (Canada)
1- 'Peace Drum Song', Will Schmid
'Peace, bring us peace. Peace, bring peace.
Feel the heartbeat. Peace, understanding, hope to all.
Bring peace, blessed peace'.
2- 'Oseh Shalom', traditional Jewish prayer.
'May the One who causes peace to reign
in the high heavens, have peace descend upon us
...and let us say: Amen'.

Lest we forget, Lest we forget...     Rob; in Vancouver