Sunday, November 02, 2008

Memento Mori: Remember You are Dust and to Dust You Shall Return

When travelling about Italy earlier this summer, in Milan some of us were taken to a very interesting confraternity chapel which serves as a nice meditation as we now reach All Souls in the modern calendar and will do so tomorrow in the more ancient calendar. It serves as a good "memento mori" -- rememberance of death and of our own death.

Before leaving you with those images, parish priests who celebrated All Souls today in the modern Roman liturgy, if you used black vestments today (and hopefully unbleached beeswax candles as well) do send in your photos or at least tell us about it.

We will have more on All Souls, particularly with it spread out over two days in the two calendars. For now though, that confraternity chapel where it remembers, and honours, its dead. Do take close note of all the details.

The altar is similarly filled with these remains. Memento mori.

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