Monday, August 24

1939: the threat of war

The threat of war was looming large over Lancaster, as much of Europe, at this time back in 1939, as a notice book extract for 24th August that year reveals: "Now that the world is threatened with destruction, it is absolutely necessary that we should follow the advice of our Holy Father and turn to God in continual prayer – not just during the time of a crisis, but always pray that the leaders of nations will practice justice in their endeavours to settle the many so called problems of strife. Thus we appeal to you to turn to your God and pray most earnestly for peace – attend the public prayers – Mass, Rosary, Benediction at all times and show a sincere trust and confidence in the power of God."