Our minds turn to several special dates and observances during the month of February. It is the month during which we honor and celebrate Black History, observe Presidents Day, celebrate Valentine’s Day, and most years celebrate Fat Tuesday, observe Ash Wednesday and begin a Lenten Journey.
This Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m., we will enjoy a Mardi Gras-themed Jazz Vespers in Drennen Hall. Jazz Vespers is always an enjoyable event with good music, food and fellowship. Make plans to be present and bring a friend for this special event this Sunday evening.
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