On the evening of Sunday 3rd November here at Holy Trinity we shall hold our annual All Souls Service, perhaps better known as the Commemoration of the Departed. During this Service we shall remember, pray for and light candles for those recently departed and for others from our more distant past. It is an opportunity for all those who have been bereaved to gather in worship and remembrance. Why do we do this?
Praying for the departed has always been an integral part of the liturgy of Christianity. The Church prays for the departed throughout the year; but All Souls Day is the one formal acknowledgement of the importance of remembering those departed. Death, the loss of a loved one, is an awful experience; we cry and we mourn. As Christians we remember that Jesus cried when he heard of the death of Lazarus; death, sorrow and mourning are part of our human existence. So it is right to grieve and shed tears.
As Christians we acknowledge the importance of remembering and praying for the departed. It is through remembering and praying that we continue to show our love for those whom we see no more.
Our Service of Commemoration is for all those whom the Ministers at Holy Trinity have conducted a Funeral Service; and for all those who wish to remember a loved one from previous years. We gather in worship and prayer; we also light the candles of remembrance and in doing so declare our trust in God and our faith in eternal life.