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ANZAC Eve of Remembrance at Cathedral to Remember the Fallen and Pray for Peace

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
22 Apr 2016

The Vigil Mass is an opportunity to remember the fallen and pray for peace

"Nothing could excel their courage and their cheerfulness in the most trying positions… Their bravery has been written in deeds that will live to the end of the world." (Father John Fahey, Chaplain to the Australian troops in Gallipoli.)

Representatives from government and Australia's military will be among the dignitaries at Sunday night's ANZAC Eve Solemn Vigil Mass of Remembrance at St Mary's Cathedral.

Held each year since 1985, the ANZAC Eve Solemn Vigil Mass will be celebrated this year by Bishop Terry Brady, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney.

Concelebrants at this year's Vigil Mass will include past and present chaplains to the defence force and music will be provided by the scholars of the Cathedral Choir, complemented by the Australian Army Band.

In addition to past and present members of Australia's military, many partners, sons, daughters and families of those who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces will also be present. Along with tributes to the courage and sacrifice of the men and women of Australia's military, tributes will be made to the courage and sacrifice of the wives, husbands, children and families of those they leave behind.

All three of Australia's armed forces - the Army, the Air Force and the Navy - will be represented at the Mass.

The Mass will be streamed live on Xt3.com

In addition to being a Mass for those with a connection to Australia's military, the Cathedral's annual ANZAC Eve Vigil and Mass of Remembrance is also an important and much loved tradition among Sydney's Catholics. It not only enables the faithful to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in the service of their country, and to pray for peace and the safety of those men and women serving in theatres overseas but also a time to remember the gallantry of the original ANZACs who fought so bravely against almost impossible odds on the beaches and sheer cliffs of Gallipoli.

As happens each year at the ANZAC Eve Vigil Mass of Remembrance, an Irish-made elaborately-carved 120 year old silver chalice will be used for the Holy Eucharist, just as it was used by military chaplains on the beaches of Gallipoli 100 years ago.

The chalice is one of St Mary's Cathedral's priceless treasures and is only used once a year at the ANZAC Eve Vigil Mass.
All are welcome to the ANZAC Eve Solemn Vigil Mass of Remembrance at St Mary's Cathedral on Sunday evening at 6pm.  It will also be streamed live at xt3.com/live.

The Grave of the Unknown Soldier in St Mary's Cathedral