All Saints Sunday
“May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs receive you at your arrival and lead you to the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels receive you and may you have eternal rest.”
These beautiful words will be our final benediction in worship on November 4th when we at EUMC join the larger church of the world in observance of All Saint’s Sunday. It is a day when we give God solemn thanks for the lives and deaths of his saints and we remember those loved ones from our own community who have died in the past year.
This year our service will also revolve around French composer Gabriel Faure’s setting of the Requiem, or Mass for the dead, and it is in the final movement when we hear the prayer quoted above. Faure’s setting of the Requiem is regarded as one of his greatest achievements and is also considered to be particularly unique when compared to other well-known settings. Rather than focusing on drama the enormity of death, Faure chose a tone of solace and supplication. The end result is most certainly one of the most beautiful and gentle interpretations of the text.
The work will be sung by our Chancel Choir, joined by a number of singers from the surrounding community and under the direction of David Hendrix, Director of Music Ministries. It will be accompanied by our Organist, Hyun-Ja Choi, as well as harpist Alison Austin and violinist Matthew Weiss.
As we light candles of remembrance and here this beautiful music, may our prayer be for eternal rest to be granted to all the saints who from their labors now rest. Amen.