Vespers for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

You are invited to our next vespers service at Church of the Redeemer on November 6, at 7:00 pm. This half-hour service of music, scripture, and prayer, commemorates the feasts of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. It will be sung by the women of the Redeemer Choir. Refreshments follow.

Opening part of the Te Deum in Latin.Music for this service includes a setting of the Te Deum by John Karl Hirten and “Peace, Perfect Peace” by Robinson McClellan.

These vesper services at Redeemer are similar to compline, but there are some differences from the services at St. Mark’s Cathedral. One difference is that vespers are not strictly sung by the choir. There are spoken readings. The congregation participates with singing some of the chants and saying some of the prayers.

One distinctive difference with vespers at Redeemer is a five minute of so period of silence. You may silently read Psalms in a Book of Common Prayer available at your seat. Or you may meditate. Try contemplating on the meaning of one of the readings.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. Join us during vespers for meditative prayer and praise.

This is a recording of  vespers service from May 2016.

All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day commemorates all saints, known and unknown, on November 1. This is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year, and one of the four days recommended for the administration of baptism. All Saints’ Day may also be celebrated on the Sunday following November 1.

Portion of the Dancing Saints icon from St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco

Part of the Dancing Saints icon from St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco: Malcolm X, Elizabeth I, Iqbal Masih (child martry from Pakistan, 1995), Teresa of Avila, William Shakepeare, Morihei Ueshiba, Christine de Pisan, John Mason Neale, Agnes Sanford, Fyodor Dostoievski, Wang Zhiming (martyr from China, 1973)

All Souls’ Day, or the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed

All Souls’ Day is an optional observance that is an extension of All Saints’ Day. While All Saints’ remembers all the saints, popular piety felt the need to distinguish between outstanding saints and those who are unknown in the wider fellowship of the church, especially family members and friends. The commemoration of All Faithful Departed did not appear in the Book of Common Prayer in the United States until 1979. It is celebrated on November 2.

Placques in the Redeemer Memorial Garden listing those whose ashes have been buried here

Placques in the Redeemer Memorial Garden listing those whose ashes have been buried here.

Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal traditionArt and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.