A Message from Father Stephen

A Message from Father Stephen

The annual Remembrance Day service took place in the Cathedral last Wednesday. A full Cathedral of students, staff, Old Roffensians and Governors commemorated this important day in a moving service where the names of the fallen were read by Upper Sixth Scholars, and we were most ably supported by the brass ensemble and choir, who led us in a congregational rendition of the Libera Me from Faure's Requiem. The King’s Brass which includes George Crawford, Edward Hyde and Archie Caithness from the Prep School along with George Harrington and Jan Schulenberg from the Senior School, provided solemn music before the service for the procession and also accompanied the hymns. It is remarkable to have such a fine ensemble with musicians who are all so advanced for their age. Jan was particularly impressive as he performed the Last Post and Reveille, the first time he has done so.

Padre Iori Price from the Brompton Barracks preached about remembrance, sharing his long standing experience of supporting soldiers and those in the armed services. It has become a King's tradition to lay our poppies after the service at the foot of the School memorials and in the presence this year of the Magna Carta and Textus Roffensis, the congregation respectfully filed through the Lady Chapel and offered up their own prayers of gratitude.

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

Below l-r: Padre Iori Price, Jeremy Walker, Major Short.