HOW completely out of touch with the tradition or the spirit of
the Catholic Church - we had almost added with common sense - are
the authorities of Hereford Cathedral an announcement in the
Hereford Times serves to show. In its Saturday issue
last week was the following notice: "At Hereford Cathedral
tomorrow, in common with all churches on All Saints' Day this year,
the services will partake of the character of memorial services for
our brave soldiers and sailors who have fallen in our country's
service. At Evensong, at the Cathedral, the anthem will be 'These
are they which came out of great tribulation' (Dykes), the Dead
March will be played at the close of the service, followed by a
muffled peal on the Cathedral bells."
We have not a word to say, of course, against the commemoration
of our slain defenders, but there is everything to be said against
this way of commemorating them. It is quite preposterous to oust
the Saints from their place this year, and to sing "For all the
Saints who from their labours rest" with a reference rather to
those who have fallen on the battlefield than to those who have won
great victories in the spiritual combat. The Chapter of Hereford
appears to have discovered late in the day that there should be
memorials of the faithful departed, but, instead of observing All
Souls' Day for the purpose, they must needs spoil All Saints' Day.
. . Is it possible that there is a single church where the fatuity
of the proceedings at Hereford Cathedral has its counterpart?
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