Please stop by Grace Chapel this week (Monday -Tuesday, 9 am to 3 pm, Wednesday, 12 pm to 3 pm, Thursday – Friday, 9 am to 3 pm) and on Sunday, November 7, to visit the installation for Dia de Los Muertos and as we celebrate All Saints’ Day.
The traditions around the Day of the Dead have a deep history dating back over 3,000 years, in which the Aztecs and other peoples of meso-America engaged in rituals to honor their ancestors. While the Spanish and the Roman church have also contributed to the modern-day celebrations influenced by artists of the 20th century, one important thing remains at the center of Dia de Los Muertos: our families. This holiday offers us a time to remember our loved ones who have passed away. We can tell stories, share their recipes and their favorite songs, and honor their legacy.
This week we are combining this tradition with how we usually celebrate All Saints’ Day. For me, growing up Catholic, All Saints Day was a Sunday in which we celebrated the saints of the Church, the ones who existed on the little prayer cards or on icons and who I never met or interacted with. When I became an Episcopalian, I found All Saints’ Day to be this wonderful day on which we celebrated those whom I had venerated and also the people in my life and family who had passed on—the saints of my life.
Join us this Sunday at church and this week in the Chapel. You’ll find places to pray, things to read, candles to light, and insights to take away from the Dia de Los Muertos installation, especially the memories of these wonderful saints in our midst.