Low Mass: 8:00am
Family Mass: 9:00am
Choral Mass: 11:00am
Monday thru Friday: 7:30am
Saturday: Rosary 9:30am
Saturday: Healing Mass 10:00am
Worship in November
It is believed by many scholars that the commemoration of All Saints on November 1 originated in Ireland, spread from there to England and then to the continent of Europe. The tradition reached Rome and had been adopted there early in the ninth century, and from there the observation of the festival spread throughout the Holy Roman Empire. It is a day in which the church commemorates all those who, having professed faith in the living Christ in days past, crowned their faith with heroic lives and deaths and made a significant contribution to the Christian Church. All Saints is a principal feast day in the Episcopal Church. We had our customary Wednesday morning and evening Masses at Atonement where All Saints was celebrated. We’ll also celebrate the day on Sunday, Nov. 5. All Saints is the only feast of the church allowed to be celebrated on its fixed day, and also on the following Sunday.
Despite a low attendance, we had a glorious All Souls Day Mass, or the day of All the Faithful Departed, on Thursday evening November 2. The Atonement Schola was nothing short of spectacular. We also read aloud the names of the departed that had been submitted by parishioners. In the New Testament, the word “saints” is used to describe the entire membership of the Christian community. From very early times, however, the word “saint” came to be applied primarily to persons of heroic and holy lives, whose deeds were recalled with gratitude by later generations. Beginning in the 10th century, it became customary to set aside another day as a sort of extension of All Saints, on which the church remembered the body of the departed faithful who, though no less members of the Body of Christ, are unknown in the wider fellowship of the Church. It was also a day one could remember and celebrate family members and friends who have died. All Souls Day is an optional observance of the Episcopal Church. Fr. Daniel Dice celebrated the Mass ad orientem (to the East) at the high altar, with Subdeacon Tammy Enockson and Deacon Jason Elliott.
We will have our traditional Thanksgiving Day Mass on 10:00 am on the 23rd. Please give some thought to coming to worship before turkey and football.
Wrapping up the long season of the Sundays after Pentecost will be the Celebration of Christ the King on the last Sunday of the month, November 26.
A reminder – We’ll have Choral Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 4:00 pm on Sunday November 5; and Choral Evensong at 7:00 pm on Wednesday November 15. Please come support our St. Cecilia Choir at these lovely services.