All Saints Kingsway will be hosting an All Souls Requiem
Mass on Sunday, November 4. This special service will feature the All Saints Kingsway Choir and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale singing “Eternal Light – A Requiem” by Howard Goodall.
During this service the names of those members of our parish family who have died over the past year will be read aloud. If you would like us to include the name of a loved one who has died anytime in the past, please contact Kelly Wells in the office at email@example.com or 416-233-1125.
All are welcome to attend.
Howard Goodall has spoken of his Requiem setting as follows: “Most requiems are based, one way or another, on the medieval church’s Mass for the Dead, which is made up of a series of sections (‘movements’) beginning with the ‘Kyrie Eleison’ (Greek meaning Lord have mercy) and ending with ‘In Paradisum’ (Into paradise). Although the traditional requiem text calls for ‘eternal peace, rest and light’ for those who have died, it also emphasizes judgement and everlasting damnation for anyone who transgresses the Roman Catholic Church’s code of behaviour, as seen from the perspective of the Middle Ages. I did not feel at ease with this approach to the appalling pain of loss and grief, so in an attempt to provide some solace for the living that mourn, I stripped down the old Latin texts to a few phrases in each movement and laid beside them words from English poems from across the last 500 years.”