11 November – US Veterans Day – Commonwealth Remembrance Day

Today is not US Memorial Day, it is Veterans Day. In the commonwealth nations it is Remembrance Day.

Today is also called Armistice (note the Latin components of the word) to mark the cease fire agreement signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, a place also known for something else.

So as not to in any way diminish the “remembrance” dimension of this day for so many, here is a setting of Lux perpetua from the Requiem Mass set to an arrangement of Edward Elgar’s “Nimrod” from the Enigma Variations.  Sung by Voces8.  US HERE – UK HERE

Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

May light eternal shine upon them, O Lord, with Thy saints, forever, for Thou art Merciful.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them.

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  1. misanthrope says:

    Thank you for posting the video, Father. An outstanding piece performed flawlessly. One could close one’s eyes and picture the angels in heaven singing along. I wonder, do the angels sing along with ‘On Eagle’s Wings’…..’One Bread, One Body’….or any of the other putrid ‘hymns’ with which so many Catholics are assaulted every Sunday? Somehow, I doubt it seriously…As superior beings I assume they have superior tastes, and a perfect sense of what pleases God.

    Thank you again for a few moments of peace and heavenly recollection on this day…..

  2. TheCavalierHatherly says:

    Today I was confronted by a news headline about people giving away their ancestors’ war memorabilia because they’ve “lost connection” with “those who served.” The greatest evidence if our civilization’s decay is the lack of the memory and honour of our ancestors: the virtue of “observatia” St. Thomas speaks about in his articles on Justice.

    There was an age when men could recite the names and deeds of their ancestors from centuries past. All that remains for modern man are selfish desires, envy exalted into a virtue, and unsparing ingratitude. I’ll take a hard pass on that. I will never forget the little (unfortunately) that I know of my grandfather’s courageous service under the King, and neither will my children.

  3. BW says:

    2 minutes silence is observed in the UK at 11am (11am of the 11th of the 11th). Sobering thought – the Armistace was signed in haste at around 5am. The 6 hour delay was for time to get the word out to the front line.

    This coming Sunday is Rememberance Sunday in the UK, and the arrangement of the service at Whitehall has remained unchanged since it’s inception.

    As if the Church’s focus on the dead and finality in November wasn’t enough, there’s something uncanny in that in a secular sense, November has this national act of mourning and Rememberance.

  4. Andreas says:

    You have long been a great supporter of those who serve and those who have served in uniform, Father Z., for which I (and I am certain my fellow veterans here) are most grateful indeed.

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