All Souls Eve in Mangalore, in the state of Karnataka, south India
Since yesterday, 2 November 2014, was a Sunday, it is today, 3 November, that the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed falls in the 1962 Roman Missal of St John XXIII. This is from the Preface in the Missal for today:
We should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God, through Christ our Lord:
in Whom the hope of a blessed resurrection has beamed upon us: so that those who are saddened by the certainty of dying may be consoled by the promise of a future deathless life.
For to Your faithful people, Lord, life is changed, not taken away; and when the home of this earthly sojourn is dissolved, an eternal dwelling is made ready in heaven.
Edgar Bainton (1880-1956) was the son of a Congregationalist minister and born in Hackney. He studied composition at the Royal College of Music and after academic appointments in the United Kingdom moved in 1934 to the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia, to become its director.
He set the words of Revelation 21, vv. 1-4 to music for organ and choir and it’s quite a favourite for choirs, for reasons that should soon become clear. The preface above does seem quite beholden to these verses from the Apocalypse.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying: Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.