Church of England hits out at ‘misguided’ calls to axe prayers from Cenotaph ceremony on Remembrance Sunday

By Jonathan Petre, Mailonline

  • TV historian Dan Snow and National Secular Society say Christian prayers have no place in wreath-laying because Britain is now a secular country
  • Church leaders blasted them for using the emotive event to their own ends
  • The Queen and political and military leaders will attend today’s ceremony

The Church of England has fiercely defended the role of Christian prayers on Remembrance Sunday after critics said they should be axed from commemorations.

TV historian Dan Snow and the National Secular Society said the Church of England should no longer have a formal role in the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall because Britain was now a secular country.

But in an angry riposte yesterday, the Church said the proposals were ‘misguided and misjudged’ and attacked secularists for using such a highly emotive occasion for their own ends.

The clash happened on the eve of today’s ceremony to remember the men and women who died in action.

The service is due to be attended by the Queen and political and military leaders.

At the ceremony and others throughout Britain, Christian hymns will be sung and prayers, including the Lord’s Prayer, will be said.

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