Saturday, 12 November 2011

Praying for Deceased Clergy of the Diocese

Worthing Deanery Clergy processing from Mass at English Martyrs, Goring
Last Tuesday the clergy of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton together with parishioners gathered in their deanery groups to offer Mass for the souls of deceased priests and deacons of each deanery. They gave thanks for their life and ministry, and prayed for the repose of their souls. This happens each November when the Catholic Church especially remembers all the dead and prays for all holy souls.

The reading of the day from Wisdom said "in the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die, their going looked like a disaster, their leaving us, like annihilation; but they are in peace." With that firm conviction for them and that that the same is promised for those gathered to pray for them, the clergy of the diocese and parishioners come together each year for those who in years past who have been good and faithful servants.

Deacon Rob Mason and Dean of Worthing, Fr Chris Benyon
Scripture quote (c) Jerusalem Bible, 1996,1967 and 1968, Darton, Longman & Todd.
Photos (c) Mark Woods/Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

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