On All Soul’s Day, Thursday, 2 Nov at the 5 PM Solemn Eucharist at the King’s College Chapel, Halifax, names of departed loved ones will be remembered in community and offered up in prayer. The Choir will sing the liturgical setting of the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924). Fauré described this setting as "dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.” It is a deep and precious mystery of divine friendship in Christ to continue to pray for our loved ones after their departure from this life. All students, faculty and staff of the University of King’s College are invited to present names of departed loved ones to be remembered at the King’s altar on Thursday at 5 PM.
Robert Darwin Crouse ended a sermon for All Souls' Day:
"Gather up the fragments ... that nothing be lost." God will not despise our fragments, which go towards making up the twelve baskets of his new Israel. When we speak of the "faithful departed", we mean those whose final choice, even if only in the final moment of all life's choosings, is for the good; and we trust God's mercy to make of that fragment something more - to purify the heart, that no fragment be lost, that the harvest be complete.
We pray for the departed, as we pray for one another here and now. We do not cease to be our brothers' keepers when we commend them to God's keeping, and we plead Christ's sacrifice for them and for ourselves. The prayer is essentially the same: that God, who works in them and us, will save and nurture and bring to fruition our little fragments of spiritual life, that we may come at last to the peace of the saints, the purity of heart which wills one thing. Amen. +