Allhallowtide – First Light
Friday 01st and Saturday 02nd November 2019
They are all gone into the world of light!
And I alone sit ling’ring here;
Their very memory is fair and bright,
And my sad thoughts doth clear.
By Henry Vaughan
As First Light dawns on Allhallowtide a number of services, installations, musical and choral experiences, prayers and meditations will run throughout the day and night in the spirit of remembrance and reflection for All Saints and All Souls Feast Days.
Blissology by the Light of the Moon
Friday 01st November 10am – 6pm
10am -11am / 1pm -2pm: Enjoy a beautiful meditative yoga experience under the light of the moon for one day only. Yoga sessions are open to everyone for free, no experience required.
10am – 6pm: Come and spend some time with the moon and bathe in its soft and calming light. Candle bags will be available for visitors to write a message of remembrance for a loved one which will then be placed in the main hall stage.
Voices of Light
The Guildhall Square Main Stage
Friday 01st November 12 noon – 5.30pm
Take a moment to enjoy one of a variety of choral performances from our local choirs as they sing a selection of specially chosen hymns and songs to mark this time of remembrance and reflection.
* 12pm – 1pm – The Class Act Singers
* 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Calgach Singers
* 3pm – 3:30pm – Songs for the Soul Choir
* 4pm – 4:30pm – Pink Ladies Choir
* 5pm – 6pm – Momentum Community Choir
Windows to the Soul: A Reflective Walking Tour
Friday 01st & Saturday 2nd November
Departing Long Tower Church at 8.20pm (tour lasts approx. 90 mins)
‘Windows to the Soul’ is a spiritual journey beginning at Aras Colmcille –St Columba’s Long Tower, moving to St Augustines, then First Derry Presbyterian Church and finishing at St Columb’s Cathedral. The tour will feature specially composed music at each of the churches as well as a common prayer as part of this reverent look into the presentation of faith, for the feast of All Saints and All Souls. Visitors or ‘All Souls’ will visit each venue on a short walking tour and through a metaphorical window attend a musical reflection into their house of God and gathering of the soul. Candle bags will be available at each of the churches so that people can write an intention for a loved one they have lost and place the lit lantern bag at that church. This event is free and everyone is welcome.
First Light at St Eugene’s Cathedral
Saturday 02nd November
St Eugene’s Cathedral will host a special hour of remembrance for family and friends of those who have died to come together in reflection and remembrance. The interior lights will be dimmed and a special choral performance will commence at 5pm which will be followed by mass at 6.15pm. People will be invited to write special intentions for a loved one they have lost on a candle bag lantern which will then be lit in their memory and placed on the altar during mass. The cathedral itself will be lit outside in a golden light to commemorate All Souls and First Light. Everyone Welcome!