Choral Evensong for All Souls

Traditional celebration

The Church of St Matthias at Windermere has stood as a beautiful landmark on the Eastern bank of the Tamar River since 1843. Honouring a promise to his wife that if there was no church close to their land grant in the colony he would build one, Dr Matthias Gaunt commissioned this exquisite replica of an English country church, now complete with a well maintained pioneer graveyard and columbarium wall.

A special Choral Evensong was held on Sunday, 6 November, to commemorate All Souls. About fifty people attended the service including the Revd Ken Box (presiding) and the congregation of St Matthias. The preacher was Chaplain (Air Commodore) Kevin Russell, Director General Chaplaincy RAAF.

Generally Choral Evensong is sung on the first Sunday of the month at Holy Trinity but it was decided to move to St Matthias for their traditional celebration of All Souls Day. The organist Mr Peter Schultz, cantor Mrs Barbara Ibbott, the choir, crucifers, Joy Hayes and Mark Summerfield and the Men’s Group from Holy Trinity, Launceston all enjoyed being at the Church of St Matthias.

As the weather was windy, the remembrance tealight candles were lit and placed on the altar rather than outside in the graveyard as is usual. All present enjoyed a time of quiet reflection and great beauty. After the service everyone shared a delicious barbeque provided by the Men’s Group.

Mary Cheetham



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