All Souls’ Service

Sunday 31st October at 5:30 pm

This year we shall again be holding a special service of choral music and readings for All Souls’ Day.

This is one of our most popular and most poignant services, at which we commemorate family, friends and loved ones who have passed away.

The church lights are dimmed, as we read the names of the departed aloud and light candles on the altar in their memories.

Dozens of living flames flicker in the church, symbolising our loved ones who are now held safe in the arms of God, even though they are beyond our reach. The choir sings the anthem Justorum animae which sets words from the Book of Wisdom:

“The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God,
and the torment of death shall not touch them:
They seem in the eyes of the unwise to be dead,
but they are at peace.”

If you would like someone to be remembered by name during this service, please contact our administrator

An online version of this service will be broadcast ‘as live’ and available here and on Facebook and YouTube at the same time as our service in church. This will not include the reading of names but at the point this will be happening in church, we encourage you to light your own candle at home as an act of remembrance.

Music from St Bride’s Choir at this service:
Nunc Dimittis, H127 – Gustav Holst
Anthems: i) Sacred love – Georgy Sviridov; ii) Justorum animae – William Byrd

congregation sitting for service


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