The Season of Remembrance runs from the Feast of All Saints on 1 November through to Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November.
All Saints’ Day celebrates men and women in whose lives the Church as a whole has seen the grace of God powerfully at work. It is an opportunity to give thanks for that grace, and for the wonderful ends to which it shapes a human life; it is a time to be encouraged by the example of the saints and to recall that sanctity may grow in the ordinary circumstances, as well as the extraordinary crises, of human living.
At St John’s, we keep the feast of All Saints on the first Sunday in November and mark it at the Sung Eucharist on that day.
The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day) celebrates the saints in a more local and intimate key. It allows us to remember with thanksgiving before God those whom we have known more directly: those who gave us life, or who nurtured us in faith.
Here at St John’s we hold a special service for All Souls on the evening of the 1st Sunday in November. During the service we remember many of the departed by name, the choir sing music specially chosen for the event, and there is opportunity to light a candle in memoriam.
Remembrance Sunday is the second Sunday in November and is a day on which we remember all whose lives have been lost as a result of war, and we pray for peace.
At St John’s we invite those who have a connection with the armed forces to take part in laying a poppy wreath during the 10.30am Service and we include a minute’s silence and prayers for peace.
For more information on any of these special services please contact us