All Souls' Day Commemoration
November 2, 7:00 p.m.
In the New Testament, the word "saints" is used to describe the entire membership of the Christian community, and from very early times, it has been the custom of the Church to set aside All Saints' Day to commemorate all people of faith. Beginning in the tenth century, it became customary to set aside another day-as a sort of extension of All Saints'-on which the Church remembers the faithful of God who have preceded us into the heavenly court; and this day, formally known as the Feast of All Faithful Departed, has become an important time for remembering family members and friends who have died.
As we have for some years now, Holy Comforter will offer a special All Souls' Day liturgy of remembrance and thanksgiving. If you would like to remember a loved one who has died, and especially if you have suffered such a loss this past year, you are encouraged to attend this beautiful Eucharist. The adult choir will sing, and all will be invited to light a votive candle from the Paschal Candle, the symbol of the Resurrection, and place it on the altar. The candles remind us of the light of Christ that neither fades nor fails. We will declare Christ's victory over death: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. We will consecrate the bread and wine in the midst of all those lit candles, in the midst of the fire of the Holy Spirit. Then, when we receive the body and blood of Christ, we will experience that sense of being "in Christ" and know we are not far from those who have gone on before.
Whether you hold in your heart someone who died last week or someone who died decades ago, please join in this moving celebration of the people whom God has given to us as gifts in our lives. A reception, hosted by the Bereavement Committee, will follow the service.