On Sunday October 31, All Saints’ Eglantine celebrated the Feast of All Saints’ with a Festival Eucharist in the morning, followed that evening by a Service of Thanksgiving for the Faithful Departed.
A large congregation gathered to remember those saints known only to God and to give thanks for their memory. Ninety names of the departed were read out and a candle was lit in remembrance of each person.
The first large candle was lit as a reminder of Christ the Light of the world, and each of the smaller candles lit up to form a cross.
The hymns included For all thy Saints, The Church’s one foundation, Lead kindly Light, and Saviour again to thy dear name we raise. The readings were from the Book of Wisdom and John’s Gospel
The rector, the Rev Jason Kernohan, said “This annual service gives great comfort and consolation to all who have lost loved ones.”
The Festival Eucharist can be viewed online.