I've been thinking about how we might observe ANZAC Eve. This Cathedral's Memorial Window is unique for Otago and Southland - and this is surely an occasion where denominational loyalties are set aside. At a recent meeting of the Inner City Ministers I invited them to join in with us and there was widespread approval.
Here is a copy of a letter I prepared and that our ecumenical partners are sharing.
For the Churches and Communities of Otago & Southland
On Friday 24 April at 6.00pm the Cathedral hosts an ANZAC Eve service to observe the Centenary of the Gallipoli campaign. Unique to our Cathedral is the Memorial Window over the East doors, which holds emblems for every unit in Otago and Southland that served in WW1: intrinsically this is a memorial for all Southland and Otago. In the brief service on ANZAC Eve 317 candles will be lit, each representing one of Dunedin’s fallen at Gallipoli. The Paschal candle will of course be a light that represents all our fallen but it is suggested that ministry units and churches throughout the region (everyone, not just Anglicans!) might like to attend or to send a prayer or a photo of a WW1 memorial in a church, a hall or any public place so that these can be displayed and the service be helped to speak for our region as fully as possible.
All the emails with prayers and photos should be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace and peace,Already the Presbyterian Church at Wanaka has sent me a photo of their Roll of Honour for WW1. Bless them! I do hope more will follow.
A similar letter was sent to all our Anglican churches in the diocese - and, sadly, so far the silence is deafening!