Fine music has always been a feature of these very special occasions, and this was no exception.
The augmented choir sang the Kyrie, Gloria & Agnus Dei from the “Little Organ Mass” by Haydn, and Mozart's 'Ave Verum Corpus',
while Fr Ian Gallagher memorably gave us Schubert's 'Ave Maria'.
The music was conducted by Daniel Rathbone and the organist was Stephen Hargreaves.
A splendid and
moving service was followed by lavish refreshments in the church
Despite the wild, wet and windy weather (60+ mph gales on Crosby seafront!) the turnout was good,
and the church family and our visitors enjoyed a night to remember.
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In our day of thanksgiving one psalm let us offer
For the saints who before us have found their reward;
When the shadow of death fell upon them, we sorrowed,
But now we rejoice that they rest in the Lord.
In the morning of life, and at noon and at even,
He called them away from our worship below;
But not till his love at the font and the altar
Had girt them with grace for the way they should go.
These stones that have echoed their praises are holy,
And dear is the ground where their feet have once trod;
Yet here they confessed they were strangers and pilgrims
they were seeking the city of
Sing praise then, for all who have sought and here found him,
Whose journey is ended, whose perils are past;
They believed in the light, and its glory is round them
Where the clouds of earth’s sorrows are lifted at last.