Sunday, November 11, 2018 marks the centennial of the end of World War I. Fighting stopped on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
We are having a very special service here at the Cathedral to mark the occasion, beginning at 10:45. At 11:00 am, bells will ring out across Paris, and we will pause to keep silence and to remember. So please be here promptly at 10:45 so we can begin and have prayers and music before the silence. Veterans and currently-serving military are invited to come in uniform.
We will remember the “war to end all wars”, and the sacrifice of so many lives, with silence, readings from Scripture, poetry, special music, and a brass ensemble. I am very excited to announce that our preacher will be The Rev. Mark Edington, our Bishop-elect. We will remember, we will honor, and we also look to the future as we consider our Christian vocation of peace-making.
At 11:00 am, a large number of world leaders will gather at the Etoile. This means the Champs-Elysées will be closed, as well as some surrounding streets and metro stations, and there will be a lot of security. Please check the latest announcements and take this into consideration as you make your way to the Cathedral; leave plenty of extra time. Yes, it does make it more difficult, but this is a once-in-a-hundred-years occasion, and not to be missed.