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November 04, 2005

Requiem for All Souls

Last night we celebrated a Solemn Requiem for All Souls at the Abbey. This is an annual service of commemoration for us and members of the congregation are invited to add the names of those they would like to have remembered to a list which is read out during the prayers of intercession.

The service is sung by the Abbey School Choir, at present sixteen boys and twelve men, under the Direction of Benjamin Nicholas their Director of Music. Last night's service was sung to the music of Gabrielle Faure, accompanied by the Milton Organ in the hands of Carleton Etherington, the Abbey Organist and Choir Master. It is a stunning setting - one of my favourites - and sung in a church such as the Abbey it is breathtaking!

The church is kept under subdued lighting and the congregation - around 100 people - sit or kneel in silence during the singing of the various motets. On this occassion I had included in the list the names of several friends, my immediate family members including my mother, father and grandparents and Church Mouse under her own name.

I can think of no better way to remember them than in the context of the Mass and uplifted by the music of the Faure Requiem. May they rest in peace and rise in Glory with Christ.

Posted by The Gray Monk at November 4, 2005 09:36 PM

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