New Year Memorial

My wife and I attended the end of year service at 11pm Dec. 31, followed by a meal of noodles and tempura. At midnight, the church bell was rung 108 times, with each attendee doing a portion of the total. After the conclusion of the bell ringing, the priest held the New Year’s service.

The New Year’s service included an eyeopening ceremony for a new member’s Gohonzon and a memorial service for my parents. The priest has offered prayers for my parents at each Obon and I’ve had their names added to the Eitaikyo, but I’ve never had a memorial service.

My memorial tablet can be seen in the center of the photo along with the scroll containing the names of my parents.