God’s Saints: The Festival of Saints
In the Christian calendar, November 1 is observed as All Saint’s Day. Many congregations celebrate this festival on the first Sunday in November, following the celebration of Reformation Sunday, which is the last Sunday in October. These two festivals have a common association for Lutherans. The castle church in Wittenberg, Germany, was named for, and dedicated to, all Saints. This church was at the center of university life in Wittenberg when a young Augustinian professor named Martin Luther nailed a list of 95 debating theses in the customary place for public announcements—the church door. Luther chose October 31st as the day to post his theses because he knew that large crowds of pilgrims would be visiting the church on the feast of All Saints. Scholars tell us that from the fourth century, various local churches celebrated a feast day that was not for one particular saint, but for “all saints”, “all martyrs”, or “all the faithful departed”.
We at OSLC invite you to the All Saints Day worship, November 6, when we will remember the faithful departed and invite everyone to come forward and light a candle in honor of a loved one lost in recent years. We will especially remember these members and non-members for which we have provided funeral/memorial services in the past year.