A Brief History of All Saint’s Day

After the costumes and candy of Halloween are put away, the following day,1 November is All Saints Day. This is the Christian festival to honor saints and martyrs and celebrate the spiritual bond between those who have died and those still living. Saints have been a part of the Christian tradition since the 4th century AD, but all martyrs were not remembered until 609 AD. Pope Boniface IV introduced the tradition of honoring the martyrs. Celebrations were originally held on 13 May and called Feast of all Holy Martyrs. In 837 AD, Pope Gregory IV moved the observance to 1 November, and changed the name of the holiday to Feast of All Saints. We will observe the special day at Southside on Sunday 5 November with hymns, anthems, and organ pieces honoring the day.

– Sarah Heaslett / Director of Music, Organist

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A Brief History of All Saint’s Day