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…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

All Souls Day – 2 November 2011

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Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord,
and let light perpetual shine upon them

Et lux perpetua luceat eis

Et lux perpetua luceat eis

2 November is All Souls Day. In many churches it is marked by an act of rememberance where names of those who have died are read out, and other names are remembered in silent prayer.

Catriona and Kelvin have already blogged on the significance of All Souls Day considering it from the point of views of a Baptist Minister and an Anglican Priest.

I attended the All Souls Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral. The music for the service, performed by the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Frikki Walker, was Requiem by Gabriel Faure. This is familiar music to many. I first sang part of it – In Paradisum – in Sheffield Cathedral in 1983 during an RSCM residential Choir School.

In place of the Intercessions, or one could say as the intercessions, Provost and Vice Provost read out the names of those who had been recorded by members of the congregation of the past two weeks. We also remembered those who have died in conflict and natural disasters.

After the blessing at the end of the service, whilst the choir sang In Paradisum, the Provost placed the list of names on the High Altar. This list will remain under the fair linen (with the exception of the Triduum at the end of Holy Week) until All Souls next year.

A contemplative and reflective service, and whilst we remember our loved ones and friends, they we not be forgotten.

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord,
and let light perpetual shine upon them

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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