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placeholder November 9, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 19   •   Oakland, CA

Rudy de Vos, cathedral director of music, leads the Cathedral Choir during the requiem Mass.

Requiem Mass remembers the departed

Several hundred people participated in a Mass of commemoration for the faithful departed of the diocese at the Cathedral of Christ the Light on Nov. 1.

The Cathedral Choir sang nearly all parts of the Mass in Latin, a practice common for centuries, but rare today. The music was Gabriel Fauré's Requiem composed between 1887 and 1890.

"Today is a day of remembrance and communion. Not only do we remember our dearly departed, but we also pray for them, to help them in their transit to Heaven," said Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, in his homily.

"Kissing a photograph of our beloved or praying before the photo helps them too. We want them to have eternal life, we want our families to have eternal life," he said.

There was a new Book of the Names of the Dead at the entrance of the cathedral and Bishop Barber encouraged those present to sign its pages with the names of the departed.

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