St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish

November 2 was the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed at St. Mary, Star of the Sea — All Souls’ Day, the Day of the Dead. Sheets of parchment hung along the walls of the Spanish-style church, listing the names of all the parishioners who had died over the past year, along with their date of departure from the world.

The choir, sounding bigger than it was, swelled forth at the opening, “I heard the voice of Jesus say/ Come unto Me and rest.” (And at the end, in a plea for the deceased: “Come to his aid, O saints of God/ Come meet him, angels of the Lord.”) ... [more]

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