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HRH The Countess of Wessex reads for All Souls’ Day podcast

Wednesday, 4th November 2020

HRH The Countess of Wessex reads for All Souls’ Day podcast

A special podcast for All Souls’ Day, including a reading by Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, has been released today.

The episode was recorded earlier this week and includes extracts from a Sung Eucharist held in the Abbey to mark All Souls’ Day on Monday, during which Her Royal Highness lit a candle in memory of those who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic. The service was held in partnership with Loss and HOPE, a coalition of organisations helping churches of all denominations across the UK to care for the bereaved. Together, the charities are supporting The Bereavement Journey, a six-session course for anyone who has been bereaved.

The podcast is led by the Reverend Mark Birch, Minor Canon and Precentor, and includes the Sermon given by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Westminster, at Monday’s service. HRH The Countess of Wessex reads Romans 5: 5-11.

Recordings of the Introit and Kyrie from Duruflé’s Requiem sung by the Abbey Choir under the direction of James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers, are supplied by the Choir’s record label, Hyperion.

Abbeycast, the Abbey’s worship podcasts, are being published regularly to mark Feast Days and special anniversaries. Those wanting to be kept up to date with new releases can subscribe.


For bereavement support and resources, visit ataloss.org

 

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