The British poet Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967) served as a second lieutenant during World War I. His poems from the trenches are some of the most powerful war poems ever written. On the eve of Holy Week, amid the grief and horror of the brutal war being waged against Ukraine, I share his poem EVERYONE SANG.
EVERYONE SANG Everyone suddenly burst out singing; And I was filled with such delight As prisoned birds must find in freedom, Winging wildly across the white Orchards and dark-green fields; on — on — and out of sight. Everyone's voice was suddenly lifted; And beauty came like the setting sun: My heart was shaken with tears; and horror Drifted away ... O, but Everyone Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done. —Siegfried Sassoon
Prince of peace, have mercy on us.
Suffering one, have mercy on us.
Flesh of our flesh, have mercy on us.
Lead us into peace.
Christe lux mundi
qui sequitur te
habebit lumen vitae
Christ, light of the world
whoever follows you
will have the light of life