PRESCRIPT: Although All Souls and All Saints Day have become subsumed by the secular commercialism of Halloween, many Christian traditions still celebrate these days of remembrance and healing – if not on the days themselves, then on the Sunday following. I have had the good fortune of being able to draw upon and adapt some wonderful prayers for this occasion written by my friend and colleague, Rev John Bottomley , in order to create a litany of remembrance to be included in this Sunday’s service.
Remembrance of Those who have Died
As we gather in this week of Pentecost, we do not forget that at this time of year, we remember those who have gone before us: all those who have died in the faith of Christ; all those who have touched our lives, whom we have known and loved; and all the generations of humanity, past, present, and future, whose death Jesus died and whose resurrection is assured in Christ’s rising through the power of the Holy Spirit into eternal glory. Continue reading “Prayers for All Souls/All Saints Day”