Remembering in November
In November we remember loved ones and friends who have died; we remember the men and women who gave their lives in war time and peace keeping. In the Church, we begin this with the solemn feast of All Saints and continue the next day with the Commemoration of All Souls. On the 11th we pause to remember those who fought and died in war time and peace keeping, and we honour those who continue to serve in our Armed Forces. It is an ancient custom in the Catholic Church to offer Masses for the repose of the souls of our loved ones, and we do this at our parish with individual Mass offerings and with All Souls Mass offerings. In November 2017, our parish was honoured to have been given one of the Vimy Oak Trees which is in front of the Church and to the left of the walkway. This year we have a special plaque which commemorates the people of Fallowfield Village who fought and died in wars across the globe.
Give rest, O Christ, to your servants with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more; neither sighing, but life everlasting. You only are immortal, the Creator and Maker of [all]; and we are mortal, formed of the earth, and to the earth shall we return; for so you did ordain when you created me, saying: ‘Dust you are, and to dust shall you return.’ All we go down to the dust, and, weeping o’er the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Give rest, O Christ, to your servants with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more; neither sighing, but life everlasting. (Kontakion for the Departed, Byzantine Liturgy, Hymnary.org)