All Saints' Day Online Prayer Service
On Sunday, November 1st at 6:00 p.m. the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas will offer a diocesan-wide All Saints’ Day Evening Prayer service to pray for, honor, and remember all the faithful departed from our congregations and communities, who have died in 2020. This online-only Evening Prayer service will be hosted by St. Luke's Episcopal Church, San Antonio, to be broadcast live on the diocesan Vimeo and Facebook accounts.
Many loved ones within our communities have passed away this year, but with social distancing guidelines in place to reduce the pandemic's spread, we have not been able to comfort one another in our usual ways with a hug, a simple touch, or the quiet gift of just being present. Spouses, children, parents, and friends have had to bury loved ones without the grace and comfort found when the church gathers to mourn alongside them.
The Rt. Rev. David Reed shares, "I've heard often during these months, from clergy and lay people, about the added sorrow of being unable to gather in our churches to grieve when someone dies. All Saints’ Day is always a day of celebration, set aside to remember the famous saints as well as acknowledge the loss of local and personal saints. It seems good this year to gather online as a diocesan family to remember. We will remember those we love who have died since the pandemic suspended in-person gatherings, and also to remember and rejoice in the communion of saints and our sure hope in resurrection to eternal life."
During the service, the names of each person who has died during this season will be read aloud. So that all names are remembered, one representative of each congregation (rector, vicar, warden, etc.) should click here to submit the names of faithful departed in 2020. The online form will remain open for names through end of day Monday, October 26th. A moment of silence will be observed during the All Saints' Day service for attendees to pray individually for anyone whose name was not read aloud.
Bishop Reed invites all clergy, congregation members, and families of the diocese to attend this special, online-only remembrance service, observing that "This service on Sunday evening of All Saints' Day is not at all to replace anything our congregations are planning for the day, but I hope it will add to and enrich our observance of this day, binding us together in the Holy Spirit.”
Registration for this event is not required.