Church of Good Shepherd holding community rememberance service Nov. 2

RANGELEY – The Church of the Good Shepherd is holding a community Requiem Mass for All the Faithful Departed at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, to which the entire community is invited.
The event is part of the church’s centennial anniversary celebration “The Shepherd’s Arms – 100 Years of Reaching Out in Love.”
The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, sometimes known as All Souls’ Day, is a traditional liturgy that reaches back centuries in which the faithful departed are remembered and prayed for. All are invited to add a deceased beloved’s name to the prayer list, and to bring a photograph or small memento of them to the evening service. While traditionally the prayers of the Requiem Mass are offered on behalf of those closest to us, this year the mass offers an opportunity to pray not only on behalf of people we have known and love and see no longer, but also those we may not know: the many victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Often set to elaborate musical settings for multiple voices, the Mass at Good Shepherd will be accompanied by simple, easy to learn, chants from Taizé, an ecumenical religious community in France, and led by the Good Shepherd choir under the leadership of Robert Ludwig, the church’s director of music.
“The musical setting of this Mass is meant to be more than just an aesthetic experience,” said the Rev. Thom Rock, rector of Good Shepherd. “As we listen prayerfully, and consider carefully the words as well as the melody, we are invited to turn our listening itself into prayer.”
As part of the church’s year-long centennial celebration there will be special events each month. The next scheduled event is a community Holiday Carol Sing at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. for information, visit goodshepherdrangeley.org or Facebook Page: Good Shepherd Church Rangeley Maine, or call the church office at 207-864-3381.
The Church of the Good Shepherd, an Episcopal faith community, is at 2614 Main St.