Reflection for Remembrance Day

By Brother Ivo, Cranmer

Today we observe our festival of Remembrance.

Our solemn national and civic services will take place with dignity: our military will process with precision and our religious leaders will deliver their annual addresses, carefully composed so that no one may accuse them of jingoism or triviality. The annual spat over the legitimacy of the red or white poppy has surfaced, and the inevitable bout of student shallowness have been duly played out.

November 11th is the day of the 1918 Armistice, but it is also the Feast Day of St Martin of Tours, a soldier saint, and this is our starting point today. An Eastern European, he is best known for taking pity on a beggar and dividing his own cloak to give warmth. Later, in a dream, Christ appeared to him wearing the other half.

This story bequeathes to us two interesting etymologies.

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