All Saints’ Day is quickly approaching when we remember all those who have been saints through the life of the church and in our own lives. The following day, known as All Souls’ Day, is the day we mark and commemorate all who have died, especially those in the past year.
In a culture in which we move so quickly from activity to activity, we rarely have time to reflect and pray for those who love who we see no longer. A lovely tradition was started years ago by the columbarium committee to invite those who have loved ones buried in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd (columbarium) to participate in an All Souls’ liturgy of commemoration.
This year, St. John’s is celebrating an All Souls’ liturgy for anyone who has a desire to pray for a loved one who has gone on to life eternal. In addition, we are inviting you to bring a picture or pictures of your loved ones to the parish hall, where we will gather for lunch and share stories about the faithfully departed. If you plan to stay for lunch, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can have a proper count.
I am looking forward to this liturgy with a great personal need as my son lost his godmother this year and we were not able to attend the funeral in Madison, Wisconsin. I imagine there are many of you who may be in similar circumstances with loved ones around the country--and even the globe. God’s healing presence is here in the form of a short Eucharist at noon, November 7th. If you are unable to make the liturgy, but would like a loved one remembered by name please email me at : email@example.com and submit their name. Your loved one will be prayed for among all the faithful departed.
We hope and pray to see you and pictures of your beloveds on that day.