The arrangements are in place and my mother’s funeral will be held in family intimacy on Wednesday 20th February. I will be away from blogging and perhaps also all internet-based contact from the morning of Friday 15th February until I get back home on Thursday 21st February evening.
Update, we are taking the laptop computer, so if we can get wi-fi, it should be possible to get e-mail and service the comments on this blog – a “reduced service”.
On this Ash Wednesday, I blessed the Ashes and imposed them on my tonsure. I then celebrated the Mass of the day in black vestments as per medieval English usage, and commemorated my mother’s ninth day. This Ash Wednesday will forever have a special meaning for me.
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ…