On All Souls' Day last week, the monks were joined by Benedictine students praying Night Prayer together in the Abbey Church and processing with candles to the Abbey cemetery. A candle was placed beside the tombstones of every deceased monk and both the monks and students knelt to spend some time in silent prayer. It was a reminder to continue to pray for those who have gone before us and to not lose sight of our own mortality and need for God's grace.
"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
And let the perpetual light shine upon them.
And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."