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All Saints' Worship Services

People love the fall season, and they love Halloween!

All Saints' Worship Services

Halloween is the second-largest commercial holiday after Christmas.

Halloween comes from a Celtic term for All Hallows’ Eve, the evening before All Hallows’ Day (otherwise known as All Saints’ Day). As Christians, we are firm in our belief of resurrection as a daily practice, and Halloween is a time to delight in a faith that allows us to step close to what is scary or deathly and not succumb to the power of darkness.

All Saints’ Day is always November 1. It is a day to remember all the saints with a capital “S.” When All Saints’ falls on a weekday, it is celebrated the following Sunday – this year that’s November 6.

However, over time, people felt the need to distinguish between outstanding “Saints” and family members and friends, so they came up with the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed, appearing in the Book of Common Prayer in 1979. It is celebrated on November 2, as All Souls’ Day

The All Saints’ service of Holy Communion for November 6 this year is meant to remind us of the power of life over death, and to honor those we love who have entered eternal life.

In the Service of Word and Prayer, we celebrate the communion of saints as we remember the dead, both in the wider Church universal and those of our local congregations. The names of persons in the congregation who have died during the past year may be solemnly read. We also pray that we may be counted among the company of the faithful in God’s eternal realm.

All Saints’ has wonderful hymnody, and typically we get to sing these hymns only one day a year. How about singing “Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones” instead of the Gloria this year? A quick Google of All Saints’ Hymns brings up the usual suspects. Go to for a few interesting suggestions.

2022 All Saints Materials Eucharist
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2022 All Saints Materials Word and Prayer
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