All Saints Sunday is a special time in the church year to remember those we have loved who have become a part of the “church triumphant.” It is an occasion to reflect on the shining promise of Christ’s everlasting life against the background of nearing winter darkness.
This year the LOTI Church Choir and guest instrumentalists will perform Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Op. 48. Fauré began work on his Requiem in 1887. This was two years after the death of his mother and months after the death of his father. There is a wonderful calm and consolation to this piece. This was not a complete liturgical Requiem. Fauré made a personal selection of texts, laying emphasis on the idea of rest and peace instead of the traditional focus on the day of judgment. This original version was first performed for a funeral in the church of Madeleine where Fauré served as choirmaster, and continued to be used in this abbreviated form for another decade. Five years later, however, he added two final movements for grander occasions.
As a part of this annual celebration, the Endowment Fund is inviting the friends and members of Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church to honor and memorialize the “living saints” and “the saints in light” with a gift to the Endowment Fund. Those whose names are memorialized with a financial gift will be included on the Sunday morning worship bulletin for All Saints, and with a flower in a special floral arrangement.
Consider the places that have been dear to you, and the people who have made a special mark on you, and honor their memory with your gift.