We are about to begin the month of November a time when we traditionally remember and pray for loved ones who have died and in the build up to Remembrance Sunday on 13 November, we remember all those who have died in the service of their country in the two world wars and later conflicts.
During this important month, the Dean of St Mary and St Boniface Cathedral, Canon Mark O’Keeffe, a former army chaplain, is inviting the recently and not so recently bereaved to light a candle and/or plant a Remembrance Cross in the Remembrance Garden to remember loved ones who have died.
He says: “November 1 is All Saints Day and a holiday in many parts of Europe. It is a celebration of all Christian Saints – those known to us and those who remain unknown. November 2 is All Souls Day- a day when we traditionally visit the graveyard where our loved ones rest and pray for them. We have been getting the Garden of Remembrance ready for the community of Plymouth – a quiet space where all can come and remember and light a candle or plant a Remembrance Cross if they so wish.”
The Remembrance Garden will be open throughout the month of November from 9.30am to 3.30pm weekdays and 7.30am to 7pm on Sunday. There will be Masses on All Saints Day – 1 November at 10am and 6pm and All Souls Day – 2 November at 10am and 6pm.
The Canon’s Cardigan Corgi Welly at the Remembrance Garden
Canon Mark O’Keeffe and his Cardigan Corgi Welly at the Remembrance Garden
Sister Navya from the Daughters of St Francis de Sales getting the candles ready
The Remembrance Garden
Credit to O’Keeffe/www.plymouthcathedral.co.uk