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All Saints', All Souls' Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

All Saints', All Souls' Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

November 1, 2017

This Sunday, November 5, Epworth will celebrate All saints and All Souls days in a combined service. A special feature of this service is the annual Commemoration of the Faithful Departed with a tolling as the names are read.

From the earliest days, the Church has recognized as its foundation stones those heroes of the faith whose lives have excited others to holiness and have assumed a communion with the Church on earth and the Church in heaven.

Celebrating the feast of All Saints began in the fourth century. At first, it was observed on the Sunday after the feast of Pentecost to link the disciples who received the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the foundation of the church, with those who were martyrs, giving their lives as witnesses for the faith. In the eighth century, a pope dedicated a chapel to All Saint in St. Peters at Rome on 1 November. Within a century this day was observed in England and Ireland as All Saints Day.

The pilgrimage of faith of the believer is lived out with the mutual support of all the people of God. In Christ all the faithful, both living and departed, are bound together in a communion of prayer.

This simple, agree statement from the Anglican, Roman Catholic International Commission explains the purpose of the celebration of All Souls Day. Since its foundation, Christians have recognized that the Church, the assembled people of God, is at its most perfect when it recognizes its unity in the redeeming love of God with all who have said, who say now, and who will say in the fullness of time, Jesus is Lord.

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