All Souls Day 2009

Placing carnations next to the headstones of Marianists laid to rest was one way the ancestors were honored on All Souls Day, Monday, Nov. 2. Marianists from the San Antonio-area communities celebrated the feast with evening vespers and dinner at the Marianist Residence on the campus of St. Mary’s University.

Miseremini Mei is a hymn sung at the gravesite during the Rite of Committal, following the funeral Mass of a professed Marianist. Its lyrics are taken from the Book of Job, Psalm 130 and Gabriel Fauré’s “Mass for the Dead.”

Pity me, pity me, O you my friends
for the hand of God has struck me! (Job 19:21)

Out of the depths I call to you, LORD; Lord, hear my cry!
May your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. (Psalm 130:1-2)

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine on them. (Requiem in D-minor, Mass for the Dead by Gabriel Fauré)

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