Moderator leads Arras centenary commemoration with special prayer

Right Rev Dr Russell Barr, Moderator of the General Assembly conducted the centenary commemoration service for the Battle of Arras Sunday 9 April at the Faubourg d’Amiens Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Arras, France.

Moderator at Arras Edinburgh event
Dr Barr at Edinburgh Castle at the WW1 memorial

Lord Llewellyn, the British Ambassador to France, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and Prof Norman Drummond, chairman of the Scottish commemorations panel laid wreaths. A school pupil from Scotland and a pupil from France also laid wreaths.

During the service, also attended by military personnel, pupils from across Scotland Dr Barr read out this prayer, specially written for the occasion.

The Arras WW1 Scotland Prayer

God of time and eternity, speak to us in the silence of our remembrance of Your promise of a new heaven and a new earth.

Weaving together past sorrow and future hope, help us to be mindful of the debt we owe others and of the opportunities which lie ahead.

As we recall the terrible cost of war in particular the price paid at Arras by those who served there, let us also recall Your command to love our enemy and care for our neighbour.

Renew our faith in Your unchanging purpose of love and embrace us and all for whom we pray in that peace which passes all understanding in Jesus Christ our Lord.