The names of the St. Paul’s Family members who have died since All Saints Sunday 2013 will be read during each of the morning worship services on November 2.
Also on November 2, members of St. Paul’s Fe y Esperanza congregation will erect El Día de los Muertos ofrendas (altars) on the Plaza for all to remember our deceased loved ones and to pray for them. The congregation will hold a Spanish-language All Saints service at 1 p.m. in the chapel.
To conclude the All Saints observance, the St. Paul’s Choir will sing an Evensong service at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
More about these observances
All Saints Day goes back to the early history of the Church, and today Protestants use it to remember all Christians both past and present.
In the United Methodist Church, it is celebrated not only to remember Saints, but also to remember all those that have died that were members of the local church congregation, particularly those deceased since the previous All Saints Sunday.
When the Spanish conquistadores landed in the Western Hemisphere, the indigenous people in what is now Mexico and South America were practicing a ritual that was at least 3,000 years old. Although it was in honor of the dead, the Spanish thought it mocked the dead and tried to eradicate it.
Eventually, the Spanish moved the Day of the Dead observance to the day of the Christian observance of All Saints, incorporating this indigenous tradition into the Christian liturgical calendar, although the day also is celebrated as an indigenous cultural tradition.
This Day at St. Paul’s
The altars, or ofrendas, designed by the Fe y Espearanza community, are a reminder that death is not the end, it is the beginning of new life. Stop by and light a candle to celebrate the memory of your loved ones.
To learn more about the celebration, visit with Fe y Esperanza members at the altars or watch the video on the Jones Building monitor, Día de los Muertos: A Brief Overview by the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM.
The community also will be serving sweet tamales, cheese jalapeño tamales, pan del muerto, and Mexican hot chocolate.
A Spanish-language All Saints/El Día de los Muertos worship service will be in the Sanctuary/Chapel at 1 p.m. Everyone also is invited to attend, whether or not you can speak or understand Spanish. All are welcome! ¡Son bienvenidos!