Wednesday, 3 December 2014

In Paradisum

Fauré's beautiful setting of the "In Paradisum" expresses the desire for eternal bliss that we have for our loved ones who have gone before us.

One year ago today, on 3 December 2013,  at 8.40am, Ali entered into eternal life.  I find it impossible to believe that the angels and saints did not welcome her joyfully into the paradise of eternal union with God, which she had desired so ardently and for which she had prepared so lovingly.

In paradisum deducant te Angeli;
 in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres,
 et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. 
Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, 
et cum Lazaro quondam paupere 
æternam habeas requiem.

May the angels escort you into paradise;
 at your coming, may the martyrs receive you
 and bring you into the holy city, Jerusalem. 
May the chorus of angels receive you,
 and with Lazarus, once a poor man,
 may you have eternal rest.

Ali - in 1995


  1. Colin, thanks so much for all that you did and contnue to do for Alison. I am especially comforted that she is still giving her little "royal wave" that I always had such a good time teasing her about. NOW, however, in the presence of her Lord, and God, the "royal wave," is toher Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as the author and finisher of her faith.

    Love, Mark & Deborah Mostert.

  2. Sending caring thoughts your way Colin. The world lost a very special lady one year ago today. x Love Sue and Evie Edwards

  3. I know Ali, loved this musical piece, I must say I can see and feel why today, moved to tears in the glory and beauty of it. The Angels and Saints are singing from Heaven

  4. I've been thinking a lot about her today. Happy memories.