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Provost invites Renfrewshire to reflect on First World War centenary

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Provost invites Renfrewshire to reflect on First World War centenary

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Anne Hall, is inviting local people to join her in marking the moment when Britain declared war on Germany and become involved in the First World War.

A multi-faith service is being held at St Mirin’s Cathedral, Paisley on 4 August as part of the Renfrewshire Reflects commemorations.

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The service is open to the public and tickets are not required. Anyone interested in attending should contact Dorothy Kerr on 0141 618 7578 or email dorothy.kerr-es@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

The service starts at 10.15pm and finishes at 11pm when a candle will be symbolically extinguished, reflecting the words of Sir Edward Grey, the then Foreign Secretary, when he said, “The lamps are going out all over Europe and we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

The service includes hymns and scripture readings. Members of the PACE Youth Theatre will also be reading war poems and extracts from First World War letters sent by a mother to her son at the front and by a serving soldier to his wife.

Provost Hall said, “I would like to invite everyone who can attend to join me at St Mirin’s Cathedral on 4 August to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the First World War. We will not be celebrating the event. At the time, the First World War was the most terrible conflict humanity had ever seen. It was originally called the Great War and the War to End All Wars. We will be coming together to reflect on events which cost the lives of millions of people across the globe and give thanks for the peace that we enjoy.”

All the lights except one will also be switched off in Renfrewshire House, the council’s Paisley headquarters, as part of the Lights Out initiative. Lights Out is a UK wide invitation to everyone to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light for a shared moment of reflection.

Britain declared war on Germany at 11pm on 4 August 1914 after the Germans refused to withdraw their forces from Belgium. Britain was bound by the 1839 Treaty of London to guarantee Belgium’s neutrality and come to its aid if the country was attacked.

Renfrewshire Council is taking part in a national programme of commemorative, educational, cultural and community events to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The events will honour and remember the lives of those who served in the First World War and those who were affected by it. The commemorations will span a four-year period from 2014 to 2018. They will focus on the impact of the war and on marking the significant events of the conflict. The service at St Mirin’s Cathedral marks the first key date.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Car Boot Sale tomorrow

The Paisley.org.uk team will be down at the St. Mirin Catherdral Car Boot Sale which is taking place tomorrow (19th November) from 9am till 12 noon

We have booked a car park space and will be selling various items including books, bric-a-brac, Pictures, CD’s and more, All proceeds will go to paisley.org.uk to help us promote the town in a positive way.

Come along and grab yourself a bargain !

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Paisley.org.uk at the car booty

Paisley.org.uk have booked a spot at the St. Mirins Cathedral Car Boot Sale taking place on Saturday 19th November from 9am till 12 noon

We will have various items on sale including books and bric-a-brac but we still need more, so if you have any items that you no longer need or want please contact us or pop in to our offices at the YMCA, High Street, Paisley, PA1 2AF (map below). All proceeds will go to paisley.org.uk to help us promote the town in a positive way.

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The Feast of St Mirin Patron Saint of Paisley

St. Mirin, the patron of this diocese. Mirin was part of the Celtic missionary movement, which included the likes of Columba, Conval, Brendan, Cuthbert and others. These 6th and 7th century missionaries were true heralds of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Mirin is strongly associated with Paisley and the surrounding area, with Paisley Abbey whose seal depicts him in the vestments of a bishop, and with our Diocese of Paisley. As we celebrate a significant anniversary of the diocese, we rejoice to recall our patron St. Mirin who, it is thought, founded the first church in Paisley and who eventually died here: Full of miracles and holiness he slept in the Lord, says the Aberdeen Breviary. Read more

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Feast Fit for a Saint

St Mirin’s Cathedral. Thursday 15 September from 7:00 pm.

The feast of St Mirin and new English translation.

St Mirin, an Irish Monk, is Patron Saint of Paisley and his feast is celebrated on 15th  September. Most saints and holy people have specially designated feast days. On those days the churches remember these holy men and women in a special way. Anyone is welcome to attend.

 

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