St.Benedict’s, Easterhouse, witnessed a large turnout of family, friends, parishioners, and fellow choir members on 7 November for the funeral of Mrs Margaret Bell, a core parishioner of St. Benedict’s and a long time member of the Archdiocesan choir, the St. Mungo Singers.
As Rev. Bill McMillan said in his homily at the Mass, Margaret and her husband Henry, had been stalwarts of the Parish for decades (they were awarded the Bene Merenti medal in 2002 for their services). Margaret herself had been involved in all aspects of parish life, including the music of the liturgy as cantor, the parish council, and as Parish housekeeper for many years.
Commenting on the Gospel passage from Luke which told the story of Martha and Mary, he reflected that the Lord does not call us to choose between being with him and being of service to him but to do both The question is one of getting the balance right, and Margaret had done this to perfection. In addition to all her service in the parish, she had gone with her husband on parish pilgrimages and had a great devotion to the Eucharist and to Our Lady.
Margaret had battled hard against cancer and had managed to celebrate her Diamond Wedding Anniversary with Henry this year, and also to be at Rev. Bill’s ordination as a permanent Deacon. Now she had gone home to rest in the Father’s house. This Mass was the opportunity for her family and friends to give her back to the Lord.
Margaret loved music and it was her wish that the St. Mungo Singers lead the music at her funeral Mass. The choir sang before the Mass “How Blest are those who have died in the Lord”, and then led the congregation in the music for the liturgy, including Bob Hurd’s beautiful setting of Psalm 42, the revised setting of the Bellahouston Mass, the Arcadelt Ave Maria, and the Final Commendation (cantor Anne Harvie) As Margaret’s coffin was carried from the church, they sang “Thine be the Glory”, a joyful reminder of our faith in the life to come.