York Minster will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with a service of thanksgiving and commemoration on Sunday 11 November at 9.30am.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will preach at the service, which precedes the annual parade through York for the Service of Remembrance in the City Memorial Gardens at 11am.
The two services mark the culmination of a six week period of reflection and commemoration in York for those who served during the conflict. The service will be attended by members of the City of York Civic Party, the British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.
Hope for the world’s despair, a hymn by Cambridge writer Ally Barrett will be sung for the first time on 11 November at both York Minster’s and St Paul’s Cathedral’s services. The hymn won the Hymns of Peace competition organised to mark the Armistice centenary by Jubilate, an organisation providing hymns and liturgical resources for churches across the world.
Following the service, the Archbishop of York, the Acting Dean of York, The Revd Canon Peter Moger, members of the Civic Party and representatives from the military and police will process to the City Memorial Gardens to join the Royal British Legion for the annual Service of Remembrance.
The two minutes silence will be observed before the final names are read from the King’s Book of York Heroes by The Lord Mayor of York, Keith Orrell. More than 1,470 names included in the book, which is the city’s memorial to the York men and women who died in service during the conflict, have been read out at locations across the city between 3 October and 11 November as part of the city’s commemorations – York Remembers: Lifting the Shadow of the First World War.
At the Minster, in addition to the 9.30am service, the Sung Eucharist at 10.55am will include the traditional two minutes’ silence at 11am, and at 4pm, movements from Faure’s Requiem will be interspersed with First World War poetry and Biblical readings.
The cathedral’s bells will also ring out during the day as part of two national tributes. At 12.30pm they will be rung half muffled as part of an initiative by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to give thanks and replicate the national outpouring of relief that took place at the end of the war as news of the Armistice filtered through and bells which had long been silent rang out. The timing of the ringing coincides with A Nation’s Thank You – The People’s Procession, where 10,000 members of the public will march past the Cenotaph in London to mark the centenary.
At 7.05pm a quarter peal will be rung on open bells as part of Ringing Out for Peace, a campaign organised by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and the Battle’s Over initiative. Church and cathedral bells across the country will ring out in tribute to the 1,400 bellringers who lost their lives during the war.