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Battle of Britain Sunday Service held in Abbey

Monday, 19th September 2011

Battle of Britain Sunday Service held in Abbey

A Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication to mark Battle of Britain Sunday was held at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 18th September 2011.

In his Bidding the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said:

Once again we come together on Battle of Britain Sunday in this House of Kings and House of Prayer to give thanks for the dedication and heroism of members of the Royal Air Force and the allied air forces in that remarkable struggle for air supremacy over Britain in October 1940. Their courage marked a turning point in the war, for without their bravery it is hard to see how the Second World War could have been won.
As we reflect today on their gallantry and fortitude, we remember all who have served and still serve in the Royal Air Force. We honour all who fight in the service of freedom; we express penitence for the suffering and destruction caused by armed conflicts; and we renew our commitment to work for justice, freedom, and decency.

Flight Lieutenant Mark Bullivant RAF read Micah 4: 1-4 and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton KCB ADC RAF, read Philippians 2: 1-11.

The sermon was preached by the Venerable Raymond Pentland QHC RAF, Chaplain-in-Chief.

Prayers were led by the Reverend Michael Macey, Minor Canon and Precentor of Westminster, and Flight Lieutenant Jacqui Skoyles RAF.

The service included an Act of Remembrance during which the Battle of Britain Roll of Honour was borne from the Chapel of St George to the Sacrarium by Battle of Britain veterans.

The service was sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers. The organ was played by Robert Quinney, Sub Organist. The Central Band of the RAF also played at the service.

See also:

Order of Service (PDF, 158 KB)

Address given by The Venerable Raymond Pentland QHC RAF, Chaplain-in-Chief

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