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The Pity of War

Date Posted: Monday 21 July 2014

Nearly 150 names of those who died in the War are inscribed on the wall of the Memorial Chapel, which was specially constructed in the 1920s to honour the men, and one woman, who gave their lives in that conflict.

Monday 4 August marks the 100th anniversary of the day Britain declared war on Germany in 1914. The church will remain open throughout the day for reflection and prayer until 11 pm, the time at which four years of war began.

On Sunday 10 August at 6.30pm there will be a service of music and poetry commemorating the outbreak of War. This service will include reflection and music, symbol and silence. We will remember the world-changing events of 100 years ago, the life-changing impact it had on the people who were caught up in the War, and pray for healing and peace for the world today. People of all faiths or of no faith are welcome to join us for this service.

During the following week we present two programmes on the Festival Fringe at 7 pm.

  • In The Flooers o’ the Forest (Mon, Thu and Fri) Richard and Mark Holloway will read passages from Lewis Grassic Gibbons’ Sunset Song, Amy Strachan will sing some of Scotland’s saddest songs and Cameron Ritchie will capture the beauty and sorrow of it all on the solo bagpipe.
  • In Songs of Hope and Loss (Tue and Wed) songs and hymns popular with the soldiers at the Front as well as those frequently sung by the people at Home are interspersed with extracts from the letters of the Rector of Old Saint Paul’s, Albert Ernest Laurie, who went to Belgium and France as a chaplain and wrote monthly letters to his congregation describing life in the trenches.

Tickets for the Fringe programmes, £8.50 (concessions £6), are available from the Fringe box office or on the door:
Tickets for The Flooers o’ the Forest
Tickets for Songs of Hope and Loss

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