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cimetiere

 

Sometimes cemeteries can be found around our parish churches. Several of our SMA cemeteries are located beside our houses, like the impressive cemetery of Wilton in Ireland, or Montferrier in France, or Saint Pierre in Alsace. In many places memorial plaques have been erected on which the names of members belonging to the Unit or mission territory have been recorded, like in Cork (Ireland), Dromantine (Ireland), Abobo Doumé (Abidjan in Ivory Coast), Oke-Are (Ibadan in igeria)... So, when the community are assembled for the celebration of the Eucharist, the deceased members who are interred close by form the external circle of participants; they are our brothers and sisters in the Resurrection. We celebrate with
'the living and the dead'. The Necrology, which most of the time we read during the celebration of the Eucharist or during the praying of the Divine Office, is, in this way, a book of remembrance. We pray for and with those
who have gone before us. They pray for us who continue on the missionary enterprise in which they have participated. Their faith, their life, their engagement help us to live and to follow the same path.