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Remembrance Sunday made 'modern'
Young service men and women at a ceremony.
The new service is aimed at younger people
Church leaders have launched a new "inclusive" order of service for Remembrance Sunday which reflects on ongoing wars and the war on terror.

It also includes a non-religious act of commitment for justice and peace, which the authors hope people from other faiths will take part in.

Bill Clark of Churches Together In Britain and Ireland said it took "the Remembrance Service into the future."

Many traditional aspects remain, including the two-minute silence.

However, the national commemoration in Whitehall will not use the new version, because that service is decided by the Chapel Royal.

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The updated service will be used across the nation at 11am on 11 November and on Remembrance Sunday, which is on the second Sunday in the month.

The new order of service was drawn up by a 10-person panel from CTBI and replaces the 1968 version.

Civilian lives

One prayer says: "May God give peace for civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatred of humanity."

The new service also aims to include younger people.

It suggests that Laurence Binyon's words - "They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old" - are read by an older person.
War veterans
The national commemoration will still use the older service

And it says the lines "At the going down of the Sun and in the morning we will remember them" should be spoken by a younger person.

Mr Clark was the CTBI panel member for the Royal British Legion, which was consulted over the new version.

"There is something for those who want the traditional aspect, but there is something for all faiths," he said.

The authors expect many organisations and churches will adapt the new order of service to their local needs.

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