All Saints'/All Souls'
All Saints' Day commemorates all saints, known and unknown, on November 1st. All Saints' Day is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year, and one of the four days recommended for the administration of baptism. All Saints' Day may also be celebrated on the Sunday following November 1st.
All Souls' Day is an optional observance meant to serve as an extension of All Saints' Day. Also known as the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed. While All Saints' is to remember all the saints, popular piety felt the need to distinguish between outstanding saints and those who are unknown in the wider fellowship of the church, especially family members and friends. Commemoration of All Faithful Departed did not appear in an American Prayer Book until 1979, and it is celebrated on November 2nd. Many churches now commemorate all the faithful departed in the context of the All Saints' Day Celebration.
Saint Andrew's likes to celebrate All Saints'/All Souls' by inviting our guests to bring pictures of their passed loved ones and place them under the altar for remembrance.
We also list the dearly departed from the past year in our bulletin.
Here is our celebration from 2022.
Remembering Those Gone Before Us...
Remember all who have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is known to you alone; bring them into the place of eternal joy and light.
*Updated since All Saints' 2022