Blessing of Graves
As I get time I will try to post some Liturgical texts with specific
reference to Military Service. Again, acknowledged where I can. Also contact me
if you have got something to add.
|The Keen Soldier-Churchman felt the need for services and
enjoyed the; most of the other men enjoyed them once they were there. Hymns
were seldom sung with quality or enthusiasm, save on special occasions when
the men were deeply moved or when the conditions were unusually favourable.
An exception was the Maori Battalion, where the singing was always good. The
presence of a brass bad at a service did not help the singing as the men
were inclined to listen. ....
Immediately after action, units and Brigades
arranged memorial Services to commemorate the fallen and give thanks for
preservation. It made little difference whether these services were
compulsory or voluntary, they were always well attended.
NZ Chaplains in WW2: p98-99