Eternal rest grant them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
Today is All Souls’ day, when Catholics worldwide commemorate the faithful departed.
In the Belgian shrine Scherpenheuvel pilgrims traditionally gather for a candle procession on the first Sunday after All Saints’ day, known as the ‘Kaarskensprocessie’. It is taking place for the 383rd time this year.
People light candles for deceased family members and loved ones while the small miraculous statue of Mary is carried through the town, as seen on the painting above by artist Frans van Leemputten.