Marking the Centenary of the Outbreak of World War I

The Cathedral will be marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with two special services.

On Sunday 3 August at 3.00pm, a Memorial Service will be held to mark the beginning of the war.  The focus will therefore not be primarily on remembrance but on the shift in people’s minds and hearts as the potential scale of the conflict started to become apparent.

On Monday 4 August at 8.00pm, an evening vigil will be held to mark the exact centenary of the outbreak of war on 4 August 1914.  This will be an evening of contrasts starting with music of the period, food and drinks as we gather to hear how the outbreak of war was anticipated.  The evening will then move into an act of commemoration and remembrance as we respond to the news of war and the lights go out over Europe.  As the Gospel is read and we pray, just one candle will be visible to remind us that in the light of Christ we are able to face the enclosing darkness with hope.

Over the next years the Cathedral community will remember individual members of the parish of St Martin who died in World War I on the centenary of their death.  At the time of their anniversary we will also mark events which had a particular impact on the people of Leicester and Leicestershire.