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This is a festive and colorful celebration in which we honor our loved ones as they were when they were alive. Participants are encouraged to bring photographs, garments, flowers, favorite foods, stories, or other reminders of your loved one.

The Episcopal News Service featured our annual All Saints celebration in a recent article … and the ministry of All Saints vestry member Carlos Carrillo:

Carrillo has organized a colorful, joyful commemoration of the Day of Saints and Faithful Departed on Nov. 2, the day following All Saints Day, for the last 12 years at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California.

A couple hours before the traditional Episcopal All Saints liturgy, people bring photos and mementos of their loved ones, as well as the food, wine, tequila and music they liked. They place it at the church’s altar. There’s a singing musical group that performs traditional Spanish music.

“People want to participate no matter what culture they come from, to honor their loved ones. We ask the congregation during the homily to go very deep and very personal,” Carrillo said. “It’s become something of a cultural bridge to bring our entire church together. More and more it’s becoming the norm to make space for untraditional services, especially Mexican-American services.”

Join us on Thursday, November 2 beginning at 7:00 p.m. for this year’s bilingual celebration. Mike Kinman and Sally Howard will lead the service with music by Dan Cole and the 1pm Ensemble.

For more information, contact Ada Ramirez at 626.583.2734 or aramirez@allsaints-pas.org

 

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