Sunday, 25 April 2010

ANZAC DAY - Lest we forget

Today is ANZAC Day, the 95th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli, and the day above all that Australia and New Zealand traditionally remember their war dead, and all those who have served in the armed forces.

The traditional hymn for the day is Abide with me:

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide.

The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

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