A congregation overflows into the churchyard.
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
Picture taken yesterday, All Souls Day, outside of the Santa Cruz basilica in Fort Cochin at seven in the morning
Today is the Feast of All Souls:
The Church remembers “the faithful departed”.
Yesterday, All Saints (All Hallows) was celebrated – a far greater solemnity in the Church’s year.
But All Souls always draws the bigger crowd.
For it touches people’s hearts.
All Souls speaks of ordinary lives.
Of failure, suffering, brokenness and death.
It does not shy away from their centrality to us all.
And this acknowledgement often resonates more deeply than celebrations of success.
We may aspire to great happiness
But we will almost certainly know grief.
The Feast of All Souls points to the inevitability of own death and, more terribly, the death of all those we love.
But it also dares to point hesitantly through grief and brokenness.
All Souls looks at ordinary people, with ordinary lives, and speaks of hope.
Picture taken on the Feast of All Souls, Holy Cross Basilica, Fort Cochin.
“The Day of the Dead” painted by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 – 1905). Taken from the web.