August 1914 – one hundred years on

It would be remiss of me not to mark this historic day with a blog post. So many commemorations and acts of remembrance have been planned worldwide, that anything I pen here will be insignificant in the grand scheme of things. This morning I attended a local commemoration in the Peace Garden in town. It was a small event, but very meaningful to the hundred or so people who took part. One thing that impressed me was the reading of prayers from different faiths, underlining that we all have a responsibility and potential to work towards a peaceful future despite past conflict.

With that in mind my post for today is to list the prayers for peace used in 1986 at the World day of prayer for peace in 1896 and hope that you will find one that works for you. I hope to have more detail from the event I attended today, if I’m able to get permission to include a couple of modern day poems for peace, but for now, as we remember the sacrifices made 100 years ago, we should strive to uphold the peace that they worked for.

A Prayer by Each Religious Tradition:

BUDDIST
May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be free:
May the powerless find power,
And may people think of befriending one another.

HINDU
May God protect us.
Common be our resolution.
Alike be our feeling towards our fellow beings.
United be our hearts.
Perfect be our unity for peace.

JANIST
Forgive do I creatures all.
And let all creatures forgive me.
Know that violence is the root cause
of all miseries in the world.

MUSLIM
Praise be to God, Lord of the Universe.
The Mercy-Giving, the Merciful!
You do we worship and You do we call on for help.
Guide us along the Straight Road.

AFRICAN
Almighty God,
You are the One who does not hesitate to respond to our call:
You are the Cornerstone of Peace.
We pray for world peace.
Let peace reign in the Vatican.
Grant peace to Africa.
Grant peace to individuals, to homes and families,
And extend the same to all corners of the world.

AMERINDIAN
O Great Spirit,
I raise my pipe to you,
to your messengers the Four Winds,
and to Mother Earth, who provides for your children.
Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect,
And to be kind to each other, so that they may grow with peace in mind.
Let us learn to share all the good things that you provide for us on this earth.

JEWISH
O Lord in heaven,
Give peace to the earth.
Give well being to the world.
Establish tranquility in our dwellings.
And let us say, “Amen!”

All CHRISTIAN
Our Father, our Mother, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

February 2014 update

Despite the extended lack of updates here, it has been busy.

November saw the end of my days poring over the microfilm reader at the local library – December comprised mainly of proof-reading, editing  out parts that just wouldn’t fit unless I wanted to produce a 500 page document, and searching for [and finding!] the author of the poem that I want to use at the beginning of this book.

I’m delighted to say that Kenny Martin has very generously given me permission to use his brilliant poem, ‘I went to see the soldiers.’  Thank you for that, Kenny, it means a lot to me.

Behind the scenes my wonderful tech support has bean busy prepping everything for print, and all being well, we should be publishing in late spring Watch out for more updates soon.P1020410

What it’s all about

As the centenary of the First World War approaches, many ways of commemorating and remembering are being planned.

In October 2012 David Cameron announced that every state secondary school child will be taught about soldiers who served in the war and have the chance to see the graves of those who died in Belgium and France

“I know there will be some who wonder whether we should be making such a priority of these commemorations when money is tight and there is no-one left from the generation that fought in the Great War,” he said.”Our duty with these commemorations is clear. To honour those who served. To remember those who died. And to ensure that the lessons learnt live with us for ever.”

The Imperial War Museum have some wonderful resources, including podcasts and Lives of the First World War project

The Royal British Legion have announced their Centenary  Poppy Appeal

The Old Contemptibles invite us to take the Poppy Pledge and turn Britain red to mark the centenary

The History Press have recently launched their publications

There will be innumerable books published by experienced and novice authors. This is where my little bit comes in.  By the time the commemorations begin, I hope to have published my personal contribution, ‘Doing Our Bit’  Looking at how our small North Yorkshire town experienced life during the First World War.