Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

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Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

November 2 – All Souls Day

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. 

Sister placing a lamp on the altar

At our Evening Prayer every November 2nd, we begin with a procession of lamps.  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 Sr. Lois, our Prioress, attempting to encapsulate the gifts and love of this Sister.  Then the lamps are placed on the altar.  Evening Prayer continues until we recess out of Chapel, in silence mixed with loss and joy, passing by the photographs of our six beloved Sisters who died this past year:

Sister Magdalen Dooper-Sister Bertille Goblirsch Sister Rose Marie Larkin-Sister Mary Paul Ludwig Sister Eleanor Ann Beckfelt-Sister Mary Jean Tuttle

They kept their lamps lit until the bridegroom came.

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.

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