Here is an extract from a poem dating from the time of the Second World War: ‘Let them in, Peter, they are very tired; / Give them the couches where the angels sleep. / Let them wake whole again to new dawns fired / With sun, not war. And may their peace be deep. / Remember where the broken bodies lie. / God knows how young they were to have to die …’

As we remember the conflicts of our own time – even today – let us pray urgently for peace, and for all victims of ware in whatever capacity. May God bless you this day.