Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday at York Minster

Visitors to York Minster on Saturday 11 November and Sunday 12 November, will be invited to participate in prayers and acts of remembrance for British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who fought and died in World War One and World War Two, and the 12,000 service personnel killed or injured since 1945.

More than a million soldiers died in the fighting which started on 1 July 1916.  The King’s Book of York Heroes, which can be viewed in the Minster’s Undercroft museum, contains entries for 204 soldiers from York who died during the Somme.  The West Yorkshire Regiment lost 16 men on the first day of fighting.  They are commemorated in St George’s Chapel in the South Transept of York Minster.

On Saturday 11 November at 11.00am, the cathedral will come to a standstill as visitors will be invited to participate in the Two Minute Silence for Armistice Day – the national act of remembrance marking the end of the First World War.

On Sunday 12 November at 11.00am, the cathedral’s congregation will observe the Two Minute Silence for Remembrance Sunday during the Sung Eucharist service on Sunday morning.

The Great Peter bell will be tolled by the cathedral’s vergers both on Armistice Day and on Remembrance Sunday. Visitors will find quiet spaces in the cathedral for prayer and reflection.

Commenting on the annual acts of remembrance the Very Reverend Vivienne Faull - who will also be in attendance at Sunday’s City of York commemoration in her role as Dean of York - said:  

“These important days honour our servicemen and women in past conflicts and the courage and commitment of those currently in the frontline in present day conflicts.  There is a strong military community in Yorkshire and there will be many families watching and waiting for the safe return of loved ones.

“So we never forget and so we in our turn commit ourselves to justice and to peace.  Each of us needs to make space in our lives to reflect on their courage and their sacrifice to defend the freedoms that we take for granted.”