Church parade

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Church parade of the Finland Guards Regiment (Russian Imperial Army), December 12, 1905 (Julian calendar)

A church parade is a military parade by service personnel or members of a uniformed organization for the purposes of attending religious services.[1] Mandatory church parades were abolished in the United Kingdom in 1951.[2][3]

Military chaplains depended on a church parade to speak to the entire military formation, with many chaplains feeling the soldiers did not resent the compulsion to attend, but only resented the intense preparation of each soldier's kit to attend the service.[4]


  1. ^ Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003
  2. ^ Parliamentary Debates: Official report: Volume 485 Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons H.M. Stationery Off., 1951
  3. ^ The Abolition of Compulsory Church Parades in the British Army
  4. ^ p. 93 Crerar, Duff Padres in No Man's Land: Canadian Chaplains and the Great War McGill–Queen's Press – MQUP, 02/03/1995