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Remembrance Sunday

Beginning after the 1st World War as Armistice Day. Two minutes silence was kept to mark the end of the ‘War to end all Wars’ at 11am on the 11th Day of the 11th month. After the Second World War the date was changed to the nearest Sunday to this date so the service would commemorate those who had died in all wars.

The service still centres around a two minute silence at 11 am. And often poppies are worn in the lapels of the congregation and clergy, as a sign of remembrance. (Poppies being the only plant to grow in the battle torn countryside) Wreaths made of poppies are also laid on the war memorials and the names of those killed, read out.

There is no fixed tradition as to the colour of vestments worn on this day. Three ideas prevail though. Some priests will wear purple, as a sign of mourning. Others wear red vestments to reflection the reds of the poppies. And thirdly in many places for what is known as, ‘Choir Order’ (a black scarf, academic hood and white surplice) is warn instead of vestments.