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DYING, DEATH and SOULS;
N. B. Andrews
November began yesterday with All
Saints' Day; today is All Souls' Day.
And there is
one thing that is certain- we all have an appointment with
Death, the last taboo, has been brought into
the mainstream and there are important rational and
emotional lessons to be learnt.
Our frequently used
phrases include, "time of our lives" or "living life to the
full" but yet we often try to push back how it will all end;
but death is part and parcel of what it means to live as a
Dignitas has been thrust into our
consciousness by it's promotion of choice with respect to
the concept of "death with dignity". This has been cemented
by legislation in parts of Northern Europe and Archbishop
Desmond Tutu has announced his full alignment.
However, in many other parts of our contemporary world-
Yemen, South Sudan, on the Mediterranean Sea, Syria, France
and Black Lives (also) Matter- death did come brutally and
The Yoruba sages tell us enigmatically,
"Women in charge of birth; men in charge of death".
But hope we are told springs eternal!
eternal in the human breast;
Man never is, but always to
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come."
Pope, An Essay on Man Epistle I, 1733.)
If you are a
strict secularist then hope will probably have a more
limited meaning; it possibly will not include a "feeling of
trust" that has faith as it's anchor.
So it is that
faith, hope and charity led today to the 2nd Annual All
Souls' Day Service hosted by the Lashibi Funeral Home at its
premises in Accra.
The funeral home continues to
offer unparalleled undertaker services and it remains the
premier funeral home in Ghana. In addition to the modern
crematorium, there is a verdant cemetery - a walled
veritable Elysian field replete with blooming flowers and
Choral Music was once again the
prime focus of this ecumenical commemorative event. It was
held within the soaring minimalist architecture of the
appropriately named All Souls' Chapel which is conveniently
located on the lush grounds of the funeral home.
Gloria in Excelsis Deo, indeed- as said the sign high above
the nave of the chapel.
Did anyone say "song
ministrations"? Well, fine.
But let me assure you
that there were no clap offerings.
Nor were there
groveling introductions or acknowledgments of the usual
hopelessly tired and uninspiring suspects with their
grandiose titles which they almost always honor in the
breach. Albeit with misplaced pleasure to themselves and to
the awful detriment of their countrymen and nation.
And there was no dancing whatsoever!
was the 30 strong Harmonius Chorale (mixing US and British
usages can be cool) under the direction of James V. Armaah.
At the pipe organ was Robert Avafia, the resident organist
of the funeral home.
The program was produced by the
Guildhall alumnus, Mrs. Joy Arkutu.
performed the pieces with vigorous attention to detail and
without any major slips of intonation. On the whole they
When two soloists were featured,
both had outstanding clean tones.
performed was sung with the purity and sincerity we have
come to expect from one of Ghana's most treasured and
respected vocal ensembles.
By the time the choir sang
Crossing The Bar (the stirring words written by Alfred
Tennyson and sang to a tune by Joseph Barnby) they were in
full stride and clearly having fun.
of Mozart's 12th Mass- Kyire, sprinkled stardust on the
emotions bidding us to raise our thoughts to where all
Quite a number of the congregation
were no longer dry eyed.
Kwame Appiah was at the pipe
organ for this piece and both his and the choir's modulation
and overall technical competence bordered on the
May all the faithful departed rest in
peace assured that we shall always remember them with great
Nov 2 2016.
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DYING, DEATH and SOULS;
Review, Nov 04, Ghanadot -
November began yesterday with All Saints' Day;
today is All Souls' Day.
....And there is one thing that is certain- we
all have an appointment with death. Death, the
last taboo, has been brought into the mainstream
and there are important rational and emotional
lessons to be learnt....
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