According to an article in The Oregonian on Sunday, October 19, on All Saints Day (every year on November 1), Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian Martyrs (those who were killed because of their adherence to their faith). Pope Gregory III later expanded the festival, now called All Saints’ Day, to include all saints as well as all martyrs.
While not a religious or spiritual holy day, the observance of Hallowe’en (literally the eve of All Hallows) is a highly popular observance. Today, Americans spend an estimated $8.8 billion annually, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas.
All Soul’s Day
November 2 is a day to remember those in our ancestry who have died. In Latin America, the Day of the Dead is a time to recognize, in a happily grateful way, our forebears. On Sunday, November 3 (All Saints Sunday) worshippers at St. John’s are invited to bring pictures or other momentos to honor those who have gone before.
This national holiday, Thursday, November 28, invites us to give thanks for God’s gracious bounty. Gratitude is a key Christian concept. The term for the center of our worship, the Eucharist, is actually a Greek word for thanksgiving. St. John’s joins with other Westside Portland Episcopal Churches for a service on Wednesday evening, November 27. See details about time and place elsewhere in this website.