Looking back on All Souls Day

Last Wednesday we commemorated All Souls Day with a liturgical celebration of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. As in previous years, the combination of beautiful music, skilfully sung, and the timeless words of the Eucharist drew us closer to God. Before and during the service we were invited to light candles as a way of recalling the life of a friend or family member whom we loved and still love. A lighted candle features in many ceremonies in the church year, especially at Easter when the newly lit huge Paschal candle symbolises our resurrected Lord. So our small candle on its stand reminds us of the hope of resurrection for each one of our loved ones who trusts in Jesus’ promise to those who love him.

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