Leicester Cathedral will be marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War over the coming years, having begun the commemorations with two special services.

On Sunday 3 August 2014 a Memorial Service was held to mark the beginning of the war.  The focus was not primarily on remembrance but rather on the shift in people’s minds and hearts as the potential scale of the conflict started to become apparent.

The order of service can be downloaded here:

Memorial Service to mark the Centenary of the Beginning of the First World War

The following day, on Monday 4 August 2014, an evening vigil was held to mark the exact centenary of the outbreak of war on 4 August 1914.  This was an evening of contrasts, starting with music of the period, food and drinks as we gathered to hear how the outbreak of war was anticipated.  The evening then moved into an act of commemoration and remembrance as we responded to the news of war and the lights went out over Europe.  As the Gospel was read and we prayed, just one candle remained 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.

More information about Leicester Cathedral and World War One can be found in this section of the website:

-       Articles on World War One from the Canons Theologian of Leicester Cathedral
-       Remembering World War One within Leicester Cathedral
-       The Golden Book – the Roll of Honour for the men of Leicester and Leicestershire who fell in World War One
-       An article from St Martin’s Parish Magazine from 1920