This clip is a reminder of the most provocative memories of November 2. All Souls Day is shrouded in mystery as we think of death and pray for all holy souls. This chant reminds me of the days when the hooded Benedictine monks of Mount Angel Abbey who processed in two to the cemetery after Mass to bless the remains of their bretheren at the cemetery. As of this writing, I think of how that cemetery is filled with a few monks whom I have come to love and respect, who now stand before Almighty God.
As I have said recently, “Death is the great equalizer.” No one can run away from it and every one must face it regardless of their social status, degrees, wealth, or religious beliefs. Death places us before the eternal truth that is revealed to us on the other side of our last breath.
Death should also remind us to live life fully aware of relationships and love. So as we visit graves, contemplate death, and look towards the Resurrection …. let us remember.