Last Sunday was one of the richest services conducted all year at King’s Chapel, celebrating All Saints and All Souls. The Durufle Requiem communion mass was our centerpiece, led by Music Director Heinrich Christensen, with the assistance of two choir members who also helped conduct: Brian Church and David Hughes. We recognized five members who died this year with the lighting of special candles: Robert Bradford, Susan Storey Lyman, James McNeely, Charles Perry and Wendy Thomson. Rev. Fallon’s sermon drew from New York Times columnist David Brooks, who has written about the difference between “resume virtues” and the ultimately more important “eulogy virtues.”
“Resume virtues” are the skills that enable us to advance, in a job or in our community standing. “Eulogy virtues” are aspects of a person’s character spoken of during his or her eulogy: whether they were kind, brave, generous, and knew how to love deeply. “Life is the gift of time enough to love,” said Rev. Fallon. A luncheon at the Parish House followed the service, where members could listen to one another about issues of deepest belief. Many thanks to all who made this special day possible.