All Souls’ Day is also known as the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed. The 31st Ocotber is All Hallows Eve, the 1st of November is All Saints Day, and there three days together are an opportunity to remember those who have died and joined with all of the Christians who have finished their earthly life and and with whom we share the hope of the resurrection.
The loss of so many in World War 1 brought this festival to the fore in the Anglican church though it has always been well celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church and also the Protestant Church in Europe.
Though there are lots of traditions such as ringing bells and sharing ‘soul cakes’ associated with this festival, here at St Clements, as in many other churches, we light candles in memory of all those we love but see no more.
All are welcome to attend this service and light a candle and/or present a flower. If you would like the name of a loved one to be read out, please get in touch with the clergy or with the wardens in advance (0161 2029575) or come along a bit earlier on the night and ask for their name to be included.
May the souls of the faithful departed in the mercy of God rest in peace and rise in glory.