National service 3 or 4 August

A national service to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War will take place at Westminster Abbey on 4 August 2014 9.30pm; with candles extinguished at 11pm ("The lights went out over Europe"). Broadcast to the nation 10 - 11pm. Local churches are encouraged to offer similar services at the same time.

Vigil service for either the 3rd or 4th August 2014 (word)

Vigil service for either the 3rd of 4th August 2014 (PDF)


First World War Memorial Service

Service Outline (word)

Service Outline (PDF)

1914 - WW1 Vigil Service (PDF)

Script for WW1 service (word)

Propers for a Requiem Eucharist

Word Format

PDF Format


Useful Links

Churches together,

Westminster Abbey,

Coventry Cathedral,


Biblical readings 

Joshua 1.1–9

2 Chronicles 20.1–9

Isaiah 2.1–5

A selection of set prayers

Almighty Father,

whose will is to restore all things

in your beloved Son, the King of all:

govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,

and bring the families of the nations,

divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,

to be subject to his just and gentle rule;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.                     

[Collect for the 3rd Sunday before Advent, Common Worship]     


Hymns and Songs

All my hope on God is founded (NEH 333)

And did those feet in ancient time (NEH 488, A&M: H&S 576)

Extol the God of Justice (A&M:H&S 558)

For earth’s fragile beauties (NEP 648, A&M:H&S 526)

For the Healing of the Nations (A&M:H&S 635)

Max Beckmann The Descent from the Cross, 1917

Muirhead Bone The Great Crater, 1917

Otto Dix The War Cycle, 1924,

Dear Lord God,

Today we remember all those who suffered during the First World War. Those who fought and died, those who were injured, those who waited anxiously at home, those who mourned and those communities that suffered loss.

We thank you for all those who worked for peace then and we pray that you will guide all those who work for peace between warring nations and communities today.

Help us to be peacemakers in our everyday lives. Help us not to behave with fear, spite, anger and prejudice but to become people of compassion, care, friendship and forgiveness. Help us to work for the common good and stand up for truth and justice.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Click here to download a printable prayer card version. Simply print out onto thin card and hand out during services. 

The Diocese of Derby

For SatNav directions, please use DE1 3DR. However, please note that the car park behind Derby Church House (Derby Cathedral Car Park) is contract only Monday-Friday and so unavailable to visitors. Paid parking is available at Chapel Street Multistorey Car Park (DE1 3GU), Park Safe (Bold Lane) DE1 3NT and the Assembly Rooms Car Park (DE1 3AF). Derby Cathedral Car Park is available as paid parking on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Derby Church House

Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR

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