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Out of the question

01 January 2016

Write, if you have any answers to the questions listed at the end of this section, or would like to add to the answers below.


Your answers


What is the correct order for an Act of Remembrance? . . .


I don’t think the Kohima Epitaph is suitable for a Christian act of worship, because it is sentimental and comes from a pagan source (Simonides of Ceos). There is plenty of good material in Common Worship: Times and Seasons (perhaps a penitential litany) without the need to resort to the Royal British Legion.

Derek Jay (Reader)
Clifton, Bristol


The best Christian “order for an Act of Remembrance” is a requiem mass; and I think the Fauré setting is ideal, since it appeals across a wide spectrum of popular musical tastes.

Frank McManus (Reader Emeritus)


Your questions


Some churches advertise a ceremony of the blessing of chalk on or near the festival of Epiphany. What exactly is the significance and purpose of this annual observance in the church calendar? J. G.


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