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Abbey Community Church, Caboolture ANZAC Day Message

“And we’re doing this today because even though we can’t be together physically, we are all connected with the same history.”


Abbey Community Church, Caboolture, Father George delivered an ANZAC Day message centred around being apart at this time because of the COVID-19 restrictions, but being connected through history.

“So, today has been a different Anzac day for us all,” Father George said in the video above.

“At this time when we are separate in so many ways.

“For years and years and years, we have joined together on this special day when we remember with gratitude, a great sacrifice that so many people have made over the years, both in the past and right up until this present moment.

“And we’re doing this today because even though we can’t be together physically, we are all connected with the same history.

“We’re all connected as a community with what has gone before and what still takes place today when we’re concerned with bringing peace to other places, other countries.

“And so we honour and respect the memory of all those people who have gone before, who have made the ultimate sacrifice, but all those who still work in so many different areas today.

“The way that we are in these present times when things are so difficult, reminds us of the spirit of Anzac, that we as Australians have to take into our future when we do come together as a community, although separate and try and do those right things so we can conquer this particular enemy that has come into our midst.

“And we do this by holding to the same ideas and the ideals that our forefathers set before us when they went out and fought for freedom, for truth and peace.

“May we be able to follow their example and as we share today in this ceremony of remembrance, let us not forget all those who in so many different ways need our help at this time.

“So, let’s take that Anzac flame, as we said… That’s that prayer we began with take that Anzac flame of hope to all people.

“And may God bless you all,” Father George concluded.

Abbey Community Church, Caboolture ANZAC Day Message TRANSCRIPT:

Father George:
So let us pray, Oh God of truth and justice we hold before you those whose memories we cherish and those whose names we will never know. Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm. As we honour the past, know we put our faith in your future. For your other source of life and hope now and always. So on this Anzac day, we come together and we ask your blessing on all those who gave up their lives so that we today might live in freedom.

Father George:
We offer our thanks for all those service men and women who fought and died so bravely giving us who follow after an example of true courage. We also pray for those who still suffer as a result of war, physically and mentally. We pray they may be given the help they need in every possible way. May they find strength and peace of mind as we reaffirmed today that their sacrifice was not in vain. Help us to remember and recall with gratitude that our cherish freedom today in Australia is because of those men and women who gave their all in defence of freedom, truth and peace. Help us as a community and as a nation to take that Anzac flame into the light of a new tomorrow. Amen.

Father George:
I’d like to read you the 23rd Psalm. “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”

Father George:
Now I’d like to do the prayers of Thanksgiving. “Ever-living God. We remember today those who you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence; now that same peace, calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony amongst the nations. All mighty, in eternal God from whose loving Christ. We can never be parted either by death or life. Hear our prayers and Thanksgivings for all those we remember today. Fulfil in them the purpose of your love and bring us all with them to your eternal joy through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Father George:
I’d like to do the last prayer, the Benediction. “So today, go forth into the world in peace; be of good courage. Hold fast to that which is good. Render to no one evil for evil. Strengthen the fainthearted, support the weak, help the afflicted, honour all people, love and serve the Lord. Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit and the blessing of God almighty Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you this day and always. Amen.”

Father George:
So today has been a different Anzac day for us all. At this time when we are separate in so many ways. For years and years and years, we have joined together on this special day when we remember with gratitude, a great sacrifice that so many people have made over the years, both in the past and right up until this present moment. And we’re doing this today because even though we can’t be together physically, we are all connected with the same history.

Father George:
We’re all connected as a community with what has gone before and what still takes place today when we’re concerned with bringing peace to other places, other countries. And so we honour and respect the memory of all those people who have gone before, who have made the ultimate sacrifice, but all those who still work in so many different areas today. The way that we are at this in his present times when things are so difficult, reminds us of the spirit of Anzac, that we as Australians have to take into our future when we do come together as a community, although separate and try and do those right things so we can conquer this particular enemy that has come into our midst.

Father George:
And we do this by holding to the same ideas and the ideals that our forefathers set before us when they went out and fought for freedom, for truth and peace. May we be able to follow their example and as we share today in this ceremony of remembrance, let us not forget all those who in so many different ways. Need our help at this time. So let’s take that Anzac flame, as we said… That’s that prayer we began with take at Anzac flame of hope to all people. And may God bless you all. Thank you.