I went to Tess' Rosary Service last night. I wasn't going to be able to get to the funeral today since I had to catch my flight. It made me almost want to be Catholic again. The comfort that a lot of these people were getting from their faith in their religion. I sat politely, did the standing and sitting and I did a quasi-kneel. I couldn't do the full kneel as my knees just ain't that young anymore. The old lady next to me was a trooper and was able to do the full kneel. Good for her.
The incense in the chapel was stifling, but it was awesome to see so many people there for Tess. I got to see one of her brothers that I haven't seen in almost 4 years and my old buddy Mike. Met his new girlfriend. She was wearing a veil. A few of the women there were wearing veils. Hair covers that I haven't seen in forever in a Catholic church. Then again, I haven't been to a church in a long time. I don't remember ever seeing any women wear them when I did go to church however. This was a Byzantine Catholic church. No kneeling, trade off is that you have to cover your hair. Small price to pay for knee health. :)
Due to the incense, I couldn't stay past the service, my head was ready to blow. I didn't say my goodbyes to her body, but I did say my goodbyes in my head. I'm sure she hears them if there is an afterlife.
Bye Tess. It was an honor knowing you.