Archbishop Richard Clarke, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Archbishop Eamon Martin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, will jointly lay a wreath at the War Memorial on the Mall, Armagh, on Remembrance Sunday – 13 November 2016 – at 11.00am.

Following the ceremony, both Archbishops will also attend the Service at Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh.

The act of jointly laying a wreath in remembrance follows on from both Archbishops leading a special centenary peace pilgrimage to significant First World War sites of battle of 1916 in France and Belgium in June this year. The Archbishops made the pilgrimage with a group of young adults drawn from both Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic traditions from across the island of Ireland.

The most significant moments on the June pilgrimage were a visit and prayers at the new Memorial Wall at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin; a visit to the Ulster Tower in Thiepval, France; a visit to the Irish Peace Tower, Messines, Belgium; and the laying of a wreath symbolising peace at the Menin Gate at Ypres, Belgium.

Archbishop Clarke and Archbishop Martin also participated in the 100th anniversary commemoration service of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July. On that day Ireland’s four main Church leaders, gathered together in France called for Christians of all traditions in Ireland to pray for peace in these challenging times.The Church leaders said: “Let us put our faith into action – love our neighbours, reach out to the stranger, care for the vulnerable, build community and be agents for peace, forgiveness and reconciliation.”

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