All Souls’ Day, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a religious observance that celebrates the life of those no longer with us. It is an innovative, creative way to keep our faithfully departed alive through the memories and stories we share about them. It originated centuries ago with the Aztecs, evolving through the blending of cultural and religious practices of indigenous natives of Mexico with conquering Christian beliefs. Rather than viewing Death as something to be feared, it recognizes the grander cycle of life in which we recognize Death simply as another phase to move through.
This year we will be celebrating the love and memories of those who have gone before us on Tuesday, November 1st at 6:00 p.m. with a Taizé Service and again on Sunday, November 6th when we observe All Saints’ Day during the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services.
There will be an ofrenda set up in the church with photos of your loved ones. We will also honor those who were lost on May 24th. You are welcome to bring your photos to the church anytime. They will be be displayed for the Taizé service on the 1st and remain up through our celebration of All Saint’s Sunday on Nov 6th. After that they will be available to pick up in the church office.
We hope you will join us for these days of remembrance where we will remember and rejoice in the communion of saints and our sure hope in resurrection to eternal life.