In a regular year, this is the week when I would be writing about our Parish Choral Requiem, which we offer each November on the second Sunday of the month.
Known as Remembrance Sunday in the United Kingdom, the Sunday commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military servicemen and women.
Remembrance Sunday is also the Sunday nearest to Veterans Day, our federal holiday observed annually on November 11, and is also observed by many Episcopal and Anglo-Catholic parishes in this country.
A number of Holy Communion parishioners have asked me about our Parish Choral Requiem this year, which warms my heart. I have shared these inquiries with our Parish Choir members, who also appreciated hearing the comments.
During our interim time of construction and renovations, we have temporarily sunset a few events in the music department, which will return when we are back in the nave.
Indeed, as we heard in the Sunday sermon a couple of weeks ago, we can now see the shore of the Promised Land on the other side of the Jordan River.
The new Music Suite is open, and in addition to our own parish choirs, we are now welcoming other groups to return to our spaces for regular rehearsals. Expanded Sunday morning formation classes are being offered in our numerous new meeting spaces. And we are preparing to occupy the new Athletic and Wellness Center soon after Christmas.
And speaking of Christmas, we have already had meetings about making our worship space in Cheney Parish Hall beautiful with decorations for the Christmas season. Coupled with grand Christmas music, our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services will be our usual marvelous fare.
For church musicians, the beginning of November begins what some of my colleagues call “the mad dash to the manger,” a holy time that I love and is made new for me each year.
In this parish, and in a span of about eight weeks, All Saints’ Sunday (normally Choral Evensong and Annual Shrimp Dinner) is usually followed by our Parish Choral Requiem, Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Thanksgiving Day service, and the four Sundays of Advent, all leading to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, in that order.
All things in order.
And this time next year, we will be fully restored into all our spaces, with all our regular programming and more.
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