Allhallowtide, which began yesterday, continues today and into tomorrow.
We set today, All Saints Day, aside for the saints whose names we know. Whether these are Christians who have only recently died or the names of our ancestors in the faith who died long ago but whose names we still know. One of the gifts of All Saints Day is that it allows us to remember that the saints of God are human as well. While it might sound obvious, it raises an important implication: the saints faced challenges similar to the ones we face.
Traditionally November 2, allows us to remember and celebrate those faithful Christians whose lives have been forgotten. Even when we can place a name for these individuals, we might not know much else about them. Officially November 2 is “Commemoration of the Faithful Departed”. However, most are more aware of its other name: “All Souls’ Day.” This day reminds Christians that their importance is not based on how well or not we remember the rest of the faithful. We remember that even though we might have forgotten them, Jesus has not forgotten them.
In many congregations, the observance of Halloween, All Saints, and All Souls’ is transferred to the following Sunday. We do this because this is one of those minor Christian Holy Days that we shouldn’t let pass by without appreciating the depth of its meaning. The message is that the saints of God are not forgotten and their work has not been in vain.
Allhallowtide gives Christians a breath of fresh air through the encouragement and inspiration of the saints we remember. At the same time, we hear that the labors of a Christian matter even when they don’t make it into the history books. Allhallowtide is a festival that helps us live today and strive towards the morrow.
A few reminders: It is “Fall Back Weekend” which means an extra hour of sleep. Make sure you set your clocks back on hour before going to bed.
Tomorrow we are having our Harvest Dinner. It is a potluck and you are invited! Food begins to be served at 3:30PM. Kids are welcome to dress in their costumes since Trick-or-Treating goes from 6 to 8.
May God continue to be with you!
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+