At 3PM last Saturday, Newman made his final journey from his house to the Church. His casket was borne by several of his classmates, friends and relatives for the mile plus walk to Church accompanied by hundreds of mourners.
I was at the Church as I was requested to be the commentator for the Mass and was supposed to coordinate the Choir.
The turnout was overwhelming at the Church was packed. The casket made it's way into the Church to the mournful, deep tones of the Church bell. Many non-Christians friends of Newman attended the Mass which was mainly in Tamil (except the presider's prayers and the Eucharistic prayers and the General Intercessions). The outpouring of grief, love and affection was very touching.
Fr. Marshall, our Parish Priest presided over the Mass.
During the Sign of Peace, Christians and non-Christians alike exchanged the sign of peace with each other.
During Communion, the people took the opportunity to get one last glance at Newman.
His final exit was accompanied by the solemn tolling of the Church bells which rang out amidst the drums from the his school's Lion Dance troop. When the casket, once again borne by his family and friends exited the Church gate, firecrackers were let off. Interesting.
Anyway, what a great outpouring of love and affection for Newman, an indication of the many lives he had touched during his brief sojourn. Wish I had known him better.
Eternal rest grant unto Newman, O Lord.
And perpetual Light shine upon him.
May his soul rest in peace.
9 hours ago