Pf. Anton Peter Piringer, Arnsdorf Parish, Marriage Book, 1712-1742 - St. Pölten Diocese Archives, Austria

Some years ago, I heard my eldest daughter perform in Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, op. 45 at Penn State University. It was deeply moving. I was reminded of the many generations of my own family who have passed through this mortal life into the world of spirits, and I am left to agree with Pf. Anton Peter Piringer's thoughtful artwork (pictured to the left) wherein he stated,"Omnia Vanitas" - All is Vanity.

Were it not for the atoning sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ everything dear to us would be lost and all would be truly vain. It strikes me that family history is something of a requiem or memorial to our kindred dead, expressed in the hope that once our mortal journeys are over, we will again meet and embrace one another in the eternal bonds of familial love never more to part ~ worlds without end.

Quotation from Johannes Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, op. 45, Sixth Movement

Siehe, ich sage euch ein Geheimnis:
Wir werden nicht alle entschlafen,
wir werden aber alle verwandelt werden;
und dasselbige plötzlich
in einem Augenblick,
zu der Zeit der letzten Posaune.
Denn es wird die Posaune schallen
und de Toten
werden auferstehen unverweslich;
und wir werden verwandelt werden.
Dann wird erfüllet werden das Wort,
das geschrieben steht:
Der Tod is verschlungen in den Sieg.
Tod, wo ist dein Stachel?
Hölle, wo ist dein Sieg?
Behold, I shew you a mystery:
we shall not all sleep,
but we shall all be changed,
in a moment,
in the twinkling of an eye,
at the last trumpet:
for the trumpet shall sound,
and the dead
shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.
Then shall be brought to pass
the saying that is written,
Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting?
O grave, where is thy victory?