Remembrance Day: 4 of Swords

On Remembrance Day, 11th November, or Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, whichever falls first, the Four of Swords is displayed with the blades downwards. It remains on display until the later of the two days is over.

Remembrance Sunday fell on the 21st Sunday after Trinity in 2019.

The twenty-third Psalm shall be recited on each day that the Four of Swords is on display

THE Lord is my shepherd : therefore can I lack nothing.
2 He shall feed me in a green pasture : and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.
3 He shall convert my soul : and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness, for his Name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil : for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.
5 Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble me : thou hast anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full.
6 Surely thy loving-kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life : and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be : world without end. Amen.

Psalm 23 & Gloria, Book of Common Prayer

After which, the fourth stanza of Laurence Binyon’s Ode of Remembrance shall be recited:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. 

Laurence Binyon, Ode of Remembrance, 4th stanza

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