|Postcard of St Paul's Church, postmarked 1915 (Z1130/11/3/12)|
"We shall entreat him to grant that out of the confusions and miseries of the war there may arise a clearer perception of the true relation between right and might, and a fuller appreciation of the Gospel of Christ as it bears upon the fellowship of nations. We shall have no desire to see our enemies crushed merely for the sake of their humiliation. We shall wish for them, as for ourselves, that their eyes may be opened to know what is true; and we shall pray that the day may come, by the mercy of God, when we may learn to understand and respect one another, and may be united as friends to pursue the common good."
Canon Speck went on to pray for a speedy victory, for soldiers in the field and preparing for the field, for those administering to the sick and wounded, and for the fallen.
Source: Bedfordshire Standard 11/08/1916