Due to pandemic restrictions, we are still unable to gather the entire community in the Nave. However, we are now able to welcome smaller groups of students into the Nave, as we livestream our Chapels to the wider community. Last week, Grade 8 students and some Grade 7 students attended our All Saints and All Souls Chapel, contributing our readings, prayers, music, and songs, along with the beautiful sounds of handbells ringing some of our community’s favorite music. Mrs. Tyler played the organ and piano and conducted our Grade 8 Handbells. Mrs. Petersen and Mrs. Sebring led our congregation and prepared students to lead others as they held our saints’ banners during “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God.” Students also served as acolytes, leading our opening and closing processions and helping us draw our service to a close with “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
Father Ed would like to thank the Grades 7 and 8 students who took part and our Middle School faculty and staff who helped coordinate proceedings on the morning of the service. Our community is also grateful to the Music Department and to Rev. Yount and Mrs. Klingenberg for reading the names of our loved ones. A huge thanksgiving also goes to our Rector, Father Kurt; the Parish Director of Music, Dr. Lynch; and Mr. Fichter for providing the technology to livestream our worship.
We will hold our final Chapels on Zoom in the coming week. In the week beginning November 15, all our Chapels will have an in-person element, with individual cohorts of students, and will be livestreamed to the wider community—a wonderful step toward getting our students involved in Chapel in the Nave.
During last week’s Chapel, we remembered the communion of saints in heaven and all the saints and souls in our own lives whom we love and wish to remember in the presence of God. Families throughout our community shared the names of loved ones who have died in the past year, and their names were read aloud as we offered our prayers. Many families also shared photos of their loved ones, which were displayed at the beginning of the service. Another addition this year were the luminaries that students had prepared the previous week. Every class decorated a small lantern and filled it with names, images, and prayers for those whom they wished to remember during the service. It was a wonderful opportunity for our community to pause amid a busy term and call to mind those who are important to us and who, whether living or departed, have helped shape who we are.