All Saint’s Day?

“What is ‘All Saint’s Day’ and why do we celebrate it?”

All Saints Day originated sometime in the 4th Century and was originally celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. During the 800s the date of the celebration of All Saints Day was moved to November 1 and at that time it was celebrated by the whole church. All Saints Day is a time when the church honors those who died as witnesses of the Christian Faith. These were faithful people who refused to deny Christ. There were many thousands of early Christian martyrs and over the years there are countless others who witnessed to Christ. Today, in many of our churches, the names of deceased members from the past year are read during the service on All Saints Day. Locally, we celebrate All Saint’s Day on the Sunday closest to November 1st so this year it was celebrated on October 30th.

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