Anzac Day, traditionally commemorated at St Paul’s for many decades, is marked by the solemn Commemoration Service in the College Chapel. This year’s service was again the focal point for residents, hundreds of whom had been to the Dawn Service at the Cenotaph in Martin Place. Nearly 300 packed into the chapel that typically seats comfortably 180! The College choir and organ provided a magnificent musical tribute to the fallen whose names were ready by the Senior Student, Mr Henry Hughes and the Graduate House Prefect, Mr Hugh Schroder after they laid the wreath. The Last Post and Rouse were sensitively played by Mr Hugh Jordan in Second Year and the Anzac Address was given by Army Chaplain Tim St Quintin.
One of the prayers in the Order of Service to keep in mind as we contemplate war, particularly current strife in the world, is:
Almighty God, in whose Kingdom no sword is drawn save the sword of righteousness, and no strength known save the strength of love. We pray that you so mightily shed abroad your Holy Spirit that all peoples of the world may be gathered into your peace, knowing themselves to be children of one God and Father of us all: to whom alone belong power, glory, dominion and peace. Amen.
The music included Sir John Tavener’s ‘Song for Athene’ and Douglas Guest’s setting of the Ode of Remembrance.