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Bishop of Chelmsford leads WW1 Commemoration Service in Southend

The Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell led a Commemoration Service at St John’s Church, Southend on Sunday 3 August to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

“It is impossible to imagine tragedy and carnage on such a scale, though reading the letters and papers of those who bore it, or most of all the great poems, a dreadful picture does appear” said the Bishop in his sermon.

“May our remembrance today of the beginning of the First World War inspire us to reach out for this light, the light of Christ which banishes the darkness. May it cast away the darkness from our own hearts and expel the darkness of the world.”

Click here to read the sermon in full.