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November 2 – The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day)

The Sister's lamp represents preparedness for when the Master comes.

This is a day we remember our beloved who have died. This is the day we remember all who have died and pray that all indeed may know the fullness of life in Christ. At our Evening Prayer every November 2nd, we begin with placing lamps on the altar. Each lamp reminds us of a Sister who died during the past year and kept her lamp lighted until Christ the bridegroom returned for her. A few sentences are read by various Sisters, trying to encapsulate the gifts and love of this Sister. Evening Prayer continues until we recess out of Chapel, in silence mixed with loss and joy, passing by the photographs of our ten beloved Sisters who died this past year:

The Sisters we have lost during the past year

Sr. Mary Richard Boo

Sr. Lucille Geisinger  

 Sr. Madeleva Schur    

Sr. Ingrid Luukkonen 

Sr. Mary Martin Beringer

Sr. Claudia Riehl        

Sr. Estelle Charron     

Sr. Margaret Marincel

Sr. Almira Randall     

Sr. Agatha Riehl

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. AMEN.

 Photos by Sister Patricia Ann Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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