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Candle Lighting Service
Our annual Candle Lighting Service, held each December, provides the opportunity to remember all of the loved ones no longer with us. Join us in Story Chapel for this seasonal program of words and music. During the service, you will have the opportunity to light a candle in honor of someone you wish to remember.
Weather permitting, we will place the lighted candles in nearby Asa Gray Garden at the conclusion of the event.
Candles will be sold at the program but can also be ordered in advance through our online store.
We will host a reception immediately following the service. We hope you will join us in Bigelow Chapel for refreshments and conversation. Refreshments donated by Jules Catering of Somerville and Vicki Lee’s of Belmont.
This year’s speakers are Hali Diecidue, Senior Staff Chaplain, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Boston and Daryush Mehta, Zoroastrian Chaplain, Harvard University.
Senior Staff Chaplain, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Boston
Hali Diecidue is the staff chaplain at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. She has worked at HRC for 12 years as a chaplain to residents, families and staff, leading weekly religious services, Jewish holiday services, memorial services, and other religious prayer rituals, as well as functioning in the role of cantor. In addition, she provides pastoral care to residents, chaplaincy support to staff and family members, and coordinates Christian worship services. Ms. Diecidue, who has completed four units of clinical pastoral education training, has expertise in the pastoral care of people with dementia and the spiritual and religious aspects of end-of-life care.
Zoroastrian Chaplain, Harvard University
Daryush Mehta came to MIT for graduate school and joined the Zoroastrian Association of the Greater Boston Area (ZAGBA), serving as Youth Liaison since 2004. He helped co-found the Zoroastrian Students of Boston (ZSB), a group that brings together students and youth from around the area to perform service activities, engage in religious dialog, and host eminent Zoroastrian leaders and scholars. Along with Dr. Cyrus Mehta, he helps lead and organize the Gatha Study Group that meets regularly at Phillips Brooks House to discuss the Gathic scripture (holy songs) of the Zoroastrian prophet Zarathushtra. Zoroastrianism was founded over 3000 years ago and has evolved into the diaspora today with the catchphrase “Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.” In addition to his chaplaincy at Harvard, Mehta is a research scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
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Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.