On Sunday, November 1, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church held a special blessing of its new solar panels, with retired bishop The Rt. Rev. Bud Cederholm presiding over the festive event, occurring on All Saints’ Day.
Beginning with a grand procession from the sanctuary to the rear parking lot, where the solar array can be seen on the south-facing back roof, the service featured drums, songs, prayers, and art. The choir and congregation sang the popular South African hymn, “We Are Marching in the Light of God (Siyahamba),” led by St. Paul’s warden Arthur Fergusson of Billerica and BHS senior Nate Presti on djembes, with Bedford Minuteman fifer Eliza Menninger on flute. The children of the parish joined in the procession, carrying posters with conservation messages created during Sunday School out of recycled materials.