Eternal Father, Strong to Save

Photo: RT

I wrote recently on my experience of celebrating my uncle's funeral Mass. A cousin from Texas who was here for the funeral just posted the photo above on her FaceBook page and I thought I'd share it with you.

The sanctuary is at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Beverly, MA where my uncle was baptized, received the Eucharist for the first time and was confirmed beginning 85 years ago.

The photo was taken before the Mass while I was preparing things at the altar. I'm pleased that the ceiling lights reflect in his picture because years ago, as a carpenter, he worked on the ceiling of that church. His crucifix and rosary accompany the wooden container holding his cremains and to the side his the US flag, a reminder of his service to his country in the Navy. The closing song at the Mass was the Navy Hymn: Eternal Father, Strong to Save

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  1. That's a mighty set of rosary beads and is that a skull sitting on top of your uncle's picture ? ( no disrespect intended).

  2. No disrespect taken! It's the finial on the cover of the baptismal font.

  3. I want my crucifix and rosary to come with me when I go.....don't know how I will manage that. I love how his table was set, all that was important to him in life being shared with others in his death, lovely........:-) Hugs


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