Remembrance Sunday

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Remembrance Sunday falls on the Sunday nearest Armistice Day, 11 November, which marks the end of the First World War.

On this day we remember all those who gave their lives for their country, all who suffered and died through acts of war and those who were left behind to grieve and mourn.

In England and Wales one Mass for the Dead may be celebrated on this Sunday.


O God, merciful and strong,
who crush wars and cast down the proud,
be pleased to banish violence swiftly from our midst
and to wipe away all tears,
so that we may all truly deserve to be called your children.

Roman Missal

Bishop’s Reflection

The Catholic Bishop of the Forces, the Rt Rev Richard Moth, has recorded a reflection for Remembrance Sunday. You can listen or download using the player and link in the top right-hand corner of this page.

Prayer of the Faithful

One of the following may be used or adapted according to local needs:

  • For peace and reconciliation between nations; that enemies may put aside all differences.

  • For all those who have died through war or acts of violence; may we never forget their sacrifice.

Liturgical Texts

May be used when permitted – see Table of Rubrics on our Liturgy Office website

Masses for the Dead
One Mass for the Dead is permitted on this Sunday.

Opportunities and Challenges

Explore how the texts of the Sunday could be used to speak about the hope of resurrection.

Remember to pray for those who serve in the Armed Forces through the year.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference, gave the address at the annual Remembrance Service for the Greater London Authority at City Hall.
CTBI Service for Remembrance Sunday
Catholic Bishopric of the Forces official website