This morning I'm researching liturgies to adapt for a gravestone dedication service that I'll be doing tomorrow. We chose the date purely by convenience - but of course tomorrow is All Saints Day, the day after All Souls. Which is remarkably apposite. Hmm.
I am loving both the Jewish and Roman Catholic liturgies I'm reading through, as well as some other websites that talk of annual, community ceremonies among Roman Catholics in Ireland.
Our purpose is largely pastoral - someone with no surviving relatives, and for whom, along with the other members of her family buried there, we arranged for a new headstone to be made.
Not your everyday Baptist kind of a thing, certainly not one they teach you at 'vicar school', but nonetheless one that feels right, and the timing of which generates a gentle 'hmm'!