Thursday, November 08, 2012

November Memories

The life cycle of a Catholic is measured in religious language and  liturgical patterns that have colour,imagery and myth to nurture the connection to community and the Divine.

During November, churches often provide memorial books to record the names and memory of those who have died. For the devotional Catholic  November is the "Month of the Holy Souls" which is often celebrated in more public rituals of the dead with processions and graveside visits.

The "soul" language is introduced on the 2nd November with the celebration of All Souls Day. I have vivid memories of my life as a young altar boy with multiple Masses being celebrated "back to back" in my parish Church in Geelong West. This culture has also left us  an extraordinary musical heritage of Requiems.

November carries so many memories for me as it is the month my father died 20 years ago. This year for the first time I will write the names of both my father and my mother in  a memorial book at my local Cathedral. RIP my loving parents.

At my Dads Funeral one of the songs we played was Bing Crosby's Irish Lullaby. It is romantic, nostalgic and  tells me so much about the world that influenced my parents.

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