Date: Thu, 3 Nov 1994 08:44:48 -0400 From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" Subject: All Souls' Day/All Saints' Day I have been surprised by some recent posts that appear to me to suggest that nowhere in the "anglo/gringo" world is there any occasion for honoring the dead. Since we are in the week of All Souls' and All Saints' days, I want to point out that the Christian church (at least, its Roman and Anglican/Episcopal manifestations) provides two such occasions. I append a brief comment extracted from a post on the list ANGLICAN (name of author omitted to preserve anonymity, not to deprive of credit): "Here's another stab at answering your query about All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day to add to [name omitted], since the position of the U.S. Episcopal Church is somewhat different from that of the Church of England. Both days find their way into the U.S. calendar, with All Saints being one of the seven principal feasts that take precedence over any other day or observance (The others are Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity, Christmas, and Epiphany). All Saints' commemorates the heroes of the faith, known and unknown, who have gone before us and are a part of the great cloud of witnesses in the heavenly realm who surround us and support us. All Souls' Day, or Commemoration of All Faithful Departed, November 2 in the U.S. calendar, has its own propers set out in the Book of Lesser Feasts and Fasts and is a day set aside for prayers for all the dead. Prayers for the dead are considered appropriate by the U.S. Book of Common Prayer; they were not countenanced, I believe, in the 1662 BCP, still the official liturgy of the Church of England. Simon says Anglicans don't do Purgatory. Well, no, but we Americans come pretty close, viz., the following from the U.S. burial office: "Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer: Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord." We also, since the adoption of the 1979 BCP, ask the prayers of the saints, once a frowned-on activity, viz.: "O God, the King of saints, we praise and glorify your holy Name for all your servants who have finished their course in your faith and fear: for the blessed Virgin Mary; for the holy patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs; and for all your other righteous servants, known to us and unknown; and we pray that, encouraged by their examples, aided by their prayers, and strengthened by their fellowship, we also may be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord." Bethany Dumas = dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]