All Souls’ Day
4th November 2018, 6pm Evening Memorial Service
This year, All Souls’ Day will be held on the 4th November.
Some churches including ours, hold special services with music and prayers focused on All Souls’ Day. It is a time for some Christians, including those who attend these special All Souls’ Day services, to remember and pray for deceased family members and friends.
All Souls’ Day was first instituted at the monastery in Cluny in 993 CE and quickly spread throughout the Christian world. People held festivals for the dead long before Christianity. It was Saint Odilo, the abbot of Cluny in France, who in the 10th century, proposed that the day after All Saints’ Day be set aside to honor the departed.
This can be a difficult time for some but such services give us an opportunity to remember and give thanks to God, for the life of those we have loved and cared for – as well as to comfort one another in grief.
The Church of England has a range of resources to support people during this difficult time.More Information