This past week included a sacred three days – also called the triduum of Allhallowtide. We commemorated these sacred days on All Saints’. The sacred three days are All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day. During these sacred days, the veil is thin between us, the living, and our beloved dead.
All Hallows’ Eve is the eve of All Saints’ Day, from which we get the name Halloween. November 1 is All Saints’ Day, traditionally the day when all the saints and martyrs are remembered. And “beginning in the 10th century, it because customary to set aside another day- as a sort of extension of All Saints – on which the Church remembered that vast body of the faithful who, though no less members of the company of the redeemed, are unknown in the wider fellowship of the church. It was also a day for particular remembrance of family members and friends.” (Holy Women, Holy Men p. 664)
Below is a piece of music performed by some of the St. John’s Choir members and guest instrumentalists.
Agnus Dei from Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, as our choir and guest instrumentalists performed it on Sunday, 11/06 (All Saints’)