||People filled the cathedral for the All Souls Day Mass on Nov. 2. Bottom right, during his remarks, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, noted, "We wear black as a way to say it's OK to grieve." More photos on Facebook.com/
ALL: ALBERT C. PACCIORINI
THE CATHOLIC VOICE
'We can do something for those who have died'
People filled the Cathedral of Christ the Light on Nov. 2 for the annual Requiem Mass to honor the faithful departed.
We are here because someone we knew has passed, said Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ. "They have died and they meant something to us."
But the people we knew and loved are more than a sweet memory, he said. We thank God for putting that person in our lives, and our love for them reaches beyond the grave.
"The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the highest form of prayer," the bishop said. "We on earth can do something concrete to help those who have died and gone on to heaven — pray for them," he said.
This year the All Souls Day Mass featured the West Coast premiere of the 21st-century composition, David Briggs' Requiem, under the direction of Rudy de Vos, director of music.
The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys (the boys are students at Oakland's Pacific Boychoir Academy) made its debut that evening.
After Mass, Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services hosted the annual Vigil of Light prayer service, with Very Rev. James Matthews, rector of the cathedral, presiding at the service in the Cathedral of Christ the Light Mausoleum. A short reception followed in the Event Center.
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