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November 12

Elementary:

We begin our prayers and reflections, In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Yesterday was Remembrance Day, a day to say, "thank you" in remembering all those who have served and are currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, including our aboriginal veterans. It was a day to remember to be peace makers.

Today is also the Feast Day of St. Josaphat a patron of one of our schools.  Josaphat was an Eastern Rite bishop who was martyred trying to bring faith communities together. In a peaceful way he stood for unity in faith.

Let us pray:

We remember and pray for

those who live for love, peace and truth,
And thank you for the sacrifice

they made and make for me and you.
Thank you that we can now enjoy peace

and learn to love not to fight,
Thank you that we can now sing and play,

and not be scared or hide.

We pray for countries where children live in fear,
And there is war and fighting

and many are in tears.
Please help to make things better,

and bring some peace to them.
Protect all those who try and help

to make us friends again.

We ask this in Jesus name.

Amen.

All peace makers and St. Josaphat pray for us.

Now we move to our day in peace and in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.​


High School:

We begin our prayers and reflections, In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.​

Yesterday was Remembrance Day, a day to say, "thank you" as we remember all those, including our aboriginal veterans, who have served and are mindful of those currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces; a day that calls us to peace making and justice.

Today is also the Feast Day of St. Josaphat a patron of one of our schools.  Josaphat, an Eastern Rite bishop, is held up as a martyr to church unity because he died trying to bring part of the Orthodox Church into union with Rome. In a non-violent way he stood for unity in faith.

In a final recollection today before we leave Remembrance Day behind let's listen to this reflection and think of ways we can let the light of peace shine through our lives.

We Shall Keep the Faith - by Moina Michael, November 1918

O you who sleep in Flanders Fields,

Sleep sweet - to rise anew!

We caught the torch you threw

And holding high, we keep the Faith

With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led;

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies,

But lends a lustre to the red

Of the flower that blooms above the dead

In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red

We wear in honor of our dead.

Fear not that ye have died for naught;

We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought

In Flanders Fields.

All who died for peace and St. Josaphat pray for us…

Now we move to our day in peace and in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.