Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller,
On All Souls' Day,
Painted in 1839
All Souls' Day
Jesus exclaimed, 'I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
'Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.'
Reflection on the Painting
This year, All Souls day will feel very different. During lockdown, many of us were unable to attend funerals. We feel that somehow we have not been able to say a proper goodbye to many of our friends and family. So listening to Fauré's In Paradisum, and through the lens of art, we reflect and pray for our deceased loved ones.
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