Sometimes accidents can be providential. We had planned a Bereavement Mass for family members who lost their loved ones in 2018 and whose funerals took place at Cathedral/Sacred Heart. Our Mass was set for November 6 at 5 p.m. Then came the announcement that the holiday would be November 6. Too late to change the date; letters had already gone out to family members. It was a rainy Divali morning and we hoped for the best.
The weather cleared up by evening when Mass began with Cathedral administrator Fr Martin Sirju as celebrant and Fr Martin Ezesigwe concelebrating, not to mention a trail of eight altar servers and three Eucharistic ministers.
About 65 persons gathered for the quiet and moving Mass. A memorial table was prepared for the pictures of the deceased, draped in purple and with a bouquet of flowers. Four deyas with wax added to the liturgical décor—two at the base of the altar, one at St Martin’s and St Paul’s statues, and another at St Peter’s. Wax deyas were also available for those who did not bring candles in glass jars.