A night of remembrance and hope in Mandurah
On Wednesday, 6th December, Bowra & O’Dea Mandurah hosted the 2023 Annual Christmas Remembrance Service. It was a night to honour the memories of those who have passed away this last year. The service began with the Lakeside Teman Choir, which set the tone with a selection of songs to celebrate the hope and joy of the Christmas season.
Kevin Clune, a local celebrant, opened the evening to welcome guests and introduced the evening’s speakers. George Walley, a local Noongar elder, gave a heartfelt Welcome to Country, sharing his experiences of losing loved ones and how he coped with grief, reminding us that we are not alone.
Canon Ian Mabey of Christ’s Church Mandurah delivered a Christmas message of hope. He spoke about the meaning of Christmas and how it can help us find peace and comfort in times of sorrow. He also encouraged us to cherish the memories of our loved ones and to look forward to the future with faith and optimism.
The highlight of the service was the candle-lighting ceremony. The names of those no longer with us were displayed on our TV screens while families paid tribute by lighting a candle in their memory. The service ended with a beautiful rendition of I Will Be Home for Christmas by Gail Bernard, a Bowra & O’Dea staff member and talented singer and musician.
It was a fitting way to conclude the night and to express our hope and longing for our loved ones. Thank you to the Lakeside Teman Chior, George Walley, Cannon Ian Mabey, Gail Bernard, and the friends and families who took the time to attend our evening service.
You can click here to watch the full 2023 Mandurah Christmas Remembrance Service.
2023 Mandurah Christmas Remembrance Service
A night of remembrance and hope in Mandurah On Wednesday, 6th December, Bowra & O’Dea
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