ANZAC Eve Commemoration Mass at St Mary's Cathedral

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
27 Apr 2017

An ANZAC Eve Remembrance Mass was celebrated at St Mary's Cathedral by the Archbishop of Sydney Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, the auxiliary bishop of Sydney Terry Brady, clergy from the across the Archdiocese including several present and past chaplains to the armed services.

"Tonight we remember, give thanks for, and commend to Almighty God, those who have died for our country and those of all nations who have died in war" said Archbishop Fisher.

"We also remember with gratitude those who have suffered or are presently in harm's way for the sake of our freedom. As at every Mass, we pray for peace and reconciliation in our world."

Archbishop Fisher welcomed His Excellency, the Hon. General David Hurley, Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Hurley; and Professor the Hon. Dame Marie Bashir, Former Governor of NSW.

Present from the Commonwealth were Mr Craig Kelly MP, representing the Prime Minister of Australia; Senator Jenny McAllister, representing the Leader of the Federal Opposition; and several other members. From the State of New South Wales, the Hon. David Elliott MP, representing the Premier; Mr Luke Foley, Leader of the Opposition and several MPs; and from the City of Sydney, Councillor Jess Miller, representing the Lord Mayor.

Consuls-General from the Diplomatic and Consular Corps were present to represent France, Greece, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

Representatives from the armed services attended from many sections of the Australian Defence Forces as well as the Returned Services League.

The judiciary was represented by the Hon. Mr Justice Francois Kunc of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
In his homily, Archbishop Fisher commended the qualities of courage, innocence, fidelity, mateship so readily exhibited by those who find themselves in the context of war, reminding the congregation that their deaths are never wasted and can be an example to all.

"Like the deaths of the martyrs, the deaths of soldiers that count for virtue are deaths in terrible circumstances for a good cause. Yet no-one dies for God or country unless he has to some extent lived for them: how we live now prepares us for our deaths; we practice our dying in our living."

Please see Archbishop Anthony's Homily here