All Souls

Just a reminder that this Thursday is the Feast of All Souls, a day on which we remember and give thanks for the lives of the all departed who have influenced our lives for good or for ill. This is a particularly good occasion for mourning those whose funerals we have been unable to attend, or at whose funerals we were unable to fully grieve because we were busy making space for others’ grief. Even when we have been able to grieve at the funeral, All Souls is a good time for reflecting on the ways in which our memories of the dead have changed over time.

At Holy Trinity, we celebrate the Feast of All Souls with a service of remembrance and benediction of the blessed sacrament. We print the names of the departed on small slips of colored paper. As we read each name, we fold the slip of paper and insert it into spaces in a specially-designed monstrance. A monstrance is used for the exposition of the blessed sacrament. The one we use for All Souls is cross-shaped, with three vertical bars and three horizontal bars which create the spaces into which we insert the names. At the crossing of the bars is a space for the consecrated host.
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At the Eucharist, we consecrate an extra host which we insert into the monstrance. After a brief time of meditation, the priest blesses the congregation with the words, “this is the body of Christ which was given for you.” Our focus is thus on the way we are called to seek Christ both in the breaking of the bread and in the lives of those around us.

If you have not yet turned in your list of names, please do so by email before noon on 11/1 (tomorrow). Better yet, bring your names in person to the service at 6:30 pm, writing them either on the blank slips of paper made available there or on any (1” x 3”) slips of paper that are special to you. We will already have printed the names of all on our year’s mind list in advance.

Upcoming at Holy Trinity

Because the next two weeks will be very busy at Holy Trinity, here is a handy list of reminders!

Tuesday, 10/25 at 7:15pm    A Faith for the Future

This class is both for those considering the possibility of formal confirmation/reception in the Episcopal Church and for those who would like to refresh their acquaintance with the ways in which Episcopalians understand their relationship with God through liturgy, the creeds and the bible. We will be using the book A Faith for the Future, by Jesse Zink, as a guide to our discussion, but you will not need a copy for this first class.

Wednesday, 10/26 at 7:15pm    Vestry Meeting (Rescheduled from 10/18)

Sunday, 10/30 at 11:15am     Pot Luck and Stewardship Celebration

Join us as we celebrate our successful stewardship for 2016 and cast a vision for the year to come. As we emerge from a period of transition and crisis, what are the different type of asset that each of us brings to our common life in Christ? How might we collaborate with our neighbors to help all of us recognize and employ our assets for the betterment of our community? What kinds of commitments can we make with each other so that we can walk forward with confidence in the year ahead?

Tuesday, 11/1 4-6pm     Soup After School and 6:30pm Eucharist for All Saints Day

Join us for a bowl of soup and fellowship with our neighbors in the late afternoon, and then stay afterwards for a celebration of All Saints Day. This “major feast” is one in which we celebrate the “great cloud of witnesses” who set an example for us of heroic life in faith and whose continual offering of prayer supports us even when we ourselves lack the strength to pray as we should. Because not every saint has been recognized as such and assigned a specific date in the church calendar, All Saints Day provides us with an opportunity to give thanks for those  unnamed saints who have played such an important role in the lives of those whose souls they have touched.

Wednesday, 11/2 6:30pm     Eucharist for All Souls Day

Not all of us are saints. Yet we believe in a God whose property is always to have mercy, and so we gather on the Feast of All Souls to remember before our God the names of both the faithful and the not so faithful departed who have played a meaningful part in our lives. After naming each person, we insert slips of paper with their written names into a cross designed for that purpose. In so doing, we also offer to God all the various and complicated memories and feelings we have about these folks, trusting that God is able to return our offering to us as a resurrection blessing. Join us for this celebration of the Body of Christ, in death as in life.

All of the departed named in the newsletter each month and in the prayers of the people will be remembered at our All Souls Day service. If you have other names to add, but will not be present on 11/2, please submit them by phone (please spell out the names!), email or in person by 11/1. If you will be present on 11/2, you will have an opportunity to write those names on the spot.

See you at church!

Terri+