Ritual of Remembrance

Fr Tom Hamill 1939-2020

A ritual of remembrance and thanksgiving for the life of Fr. Tom Hamill was held around his grave on Friday October 2nd 2020. Due to the pandemic situation, the group was limited to the Chokmah committee with music provided by Yvonne Donnelly.

The committee invited those elsewhere to mark the ritual in their own way as it happened.

The video of the event is posted below as well as readings used in the ritual.


Video of the Ritual of Remembrance

 Friday 2nd October 6.20am 2020
 Feast of the Guardian Angels
 The full moon reigned luminously 
 In a sky adorned by shapely windblown clouds,
 Windswept skeletons of trees,
 Swayed dancer-like as loyal witnesses organised themselves,
 To gather, to celebrate and to give thanks, for,
 Our priest, and our brother, our mentor and our healer,
 Our dear friend Tom.
 Thus began the day chosen to mark Tom’s passing from
 A co-vid stricken world to the glory of 
 The Eternal Father, Jesus our Saviour, his blessed Spirit, the Mother Mary
 And the entire Body of Christ, the ever expanding and new
 Kingdom of God.
 Greetings to all who will assemble in body and spirit from 3 – 3.45pm.
 At that time, this Autumn Workshop of the Chokmah Committee
 Will bear their first fruits in thanksgiving.   Amen a Thiarna Dia.
 Sending peace, love and blessings.   Mairéad Ní Dhubhghaill 

Readings used in the ritual (in order)

The Weaver (from ADBI 14th July 1996, Cycle A)

Every Moment Grateful, ‘I’m-on-route!’ by Tom Hamill

Gospel reading from John (Tom’s version)

From Prophet on Death by Kahlil Gibran

A Simple Serenade for a Dying Friend’s Dance Away by Tom Hamill

Farewell Words by Tom Gleason

Sé mo laoch, Mo Ghiolla Mears (lyrics)