The Choir sang Fauré’s Requiem in a special Mass of Remembrance at All Saints Church Fulham on Sunday evening.
If Sung Eucharist in the morning was about remembering those who gave their lives in wars over the past century; then the Mass in the evening was about those close to us who have died.
Families in our own community, including many who had lost someone in the last year, came to church to remember and honour their loved ones.
Fauré’s music was an evocative accompaniment to the service. The Kyrie during the procession; the Pie Jesu sung by Soprano Choral Scholar Sinead O’Kelly, following the clergy reading aloud the names of the departed; and the Sanctus and Agnus Dei during the Eucharistic Prayer.
A table was then set up at the front of church for everyone to leave a lighted candle for their loved ones before they received communion. A flickering cross of candles slowly appeared as the choir sang Libera Me. Finally, In Paradisum provided a serene end to a beautiful service.
The video is The Choir of Winchester Cathedral singing In Paradisum.
If you missed the Choir singing Fauré on Sunday, a wonderful performance of the entire Requiem sung by the BBC Singers can be found on the BBC website.