Pax Christi Memorial and Peace Garden
As we enter the month of November, a traditional month in the Christian calendar for prayer for those who have died and remembrance, a unique landscaping project is underway at All Hallows close to the entrance of the College.
Some students have been involved in the design of a reflective space which is being created for ‘making memory’, and prayer for peace.
One of our parents, Mr Tilley, is working on the project, which is being part-funded by local businesses, including Peaks and Plains Housing Trust. Some trees have been removed, soil delivered and the basic structure is now visible. It includes a trench and banks ready for wild flowers including poppies.
A International Peace Pole will stand in the heart of the garden, displaying the words ‘May Peace Prevail On Earth’ in eight different languages. This will remind us of the power of prayer and the importance of learning languages so we can breaking down barriers between people. Eventually all subjects are looking to make a connection with the garden in some way – ranging from War Poetry (in English), to life stories (in History), and from peace makers (in Religious Education) to calculations of cost in numbers of lives lost (in Mathematics).
One aim of the Pax Christi (Peace of Christ) Memorial Garden is to commemorate, in 2014, the 100 years since the First World War. At the same time we will have a unique Catholic Christian expression of the importance of nurturing peace and harmony. We believe we do this through appreciating our common humanity as a gift from God and the fact that we children of the same heavenly Father.
On Monday 11 November we will have our annual Remembrance Day Services. We will pay our respects and pray for the eternal rest of all those who have died, in war, in disasters, through natural causes, relatives and friends – and we will give thanks for the lives we have asking God to help us be good stewards of them.
Students and Staff…what do you think?
What connections do you think each subject can make with our new Pax Christi Memorial and Peace Garden?
If you get chance, have a look at the landscaping and then share your ideas on what you would like to see in the garden.
11 November 2013
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