In other parishes I’ve served, November 2nd was a big deal. Somewhat in our university parish, but surprisingly, not connected with Mass. Our noon Mass isn’t conducive to a wide participation. I had pushed gently for an evening Mass. That wasn’t popular for a few reasons.
What had been a tradition here was an evening prayer service, with shared remembrances and a reception. With All Souls Day landing on Saturday this year, we had an opportunity for a morning Mass. 59 in attendance, most of whom you can see:
From left to right, the schola, the pastor preaching, the altar platform well lit, a bit of sunlight shining in the north pews, the paschal candle + book of deceased + candles of remembrance, the great cross, the presider’s chair, and the font (where the book was placed after its blessing).
Afterward, signing the book:
Any good experiences of this Mass today, or from years past?