On Thursday November 1st at 10:00am we will celebrate a Eucharist commemorting All Saints Day. It is an ancient custom of the church to commemorate those who had made the profession of the “Living Lord” in the course of their mortal lives. We acknowledge the intercommunion in the Holy catholic church of those followers of Jesus Christ who are both living and those who have died to this mortal life but now living eternally in nearness to the Lord.
This commemoration has existed in the ancient church in one form or another for many centuries. “Gregory Thaumaturgus (the “Wonder Worker”), writing before the years 270, refers to the observance of a festival of all martyrs, though he does not date it. A hundred years later, Ephrem the Deacon mentions such an observance in Edessa on May 13; and the patriarch John Chrysostom, who died in 407, says that a festival of All Saints was observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Constantinople at the time of his episcopate. On May 13, in the year 610, the Pantheon in Rome- originally a pagan temple dedicated to “all the gods’ – was dedicated as the Church of St. Mary and All Martyrs. (from Lesser Feasts and Fasts – 2000, Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, 2001.)
Join us for a time of worship and fellowship after the service.