Religious institutions on both sides of the border are focusing on peace and reconciliation as the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden nears and would like Songs of Praise to visit a number of communities, rather than just one.
This would show how the communities live in harmony 500 years after one of the bloodiest battles between England and Scotland. The Battle of Flodden left at least 10,000 dead in just a matter of hours and Scotland without a king and only a handful of noblemen.
Another sign of reconciliation is two “very significant church services” taking place the day after the actual date of the battle, September 10. On that morning Cardinal O’Brien, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, will celebrate a Requiem Mass in the English Anglican parish church of St Cuthbert’s, Norham, for all those who died as a result of the Battle of Flodden.
In the afternoon Cardinal O’Brien will be joined at a service of remembrance in a marquee in Branxton, near the battlefield, by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Anglican Bishop of Newcastle, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, the president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and representatives of the United Reformed and other churches.