Tetsuya Miyashita R.I.P.

It was my sad privilege today to preside at the funeral of Tetsuya Miyashita, a 19 year old CSM Foundation Diploma in Art and Design student. Tributes were paid to Tetsuya, and prayers were said for his family and friends, many of whom were in attendance at the service. His ashes will be carried home to Japan for interment in the family grave, where a Buddhist ceremony will take place. The funeral was held in St James’s Church, Paddington, where the choir sang anthems including ‘Justorum Animae’ by William Byrd, set to a text from The Wisdom of Solomon (3.1-7)

the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.
For though in the sight of others they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt-offering he accepted them.
In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.