Sisters and Brothers,
Last Sunday was spectacular! We had a glorious worship service commemorating all the Saints and beloved Souls of God. We especially honored the 57 individuals our parish family has lost since last All Saint's Sunday. We represented those individuals with lit votive candles.
At the end of our worship we began our celebration of Dia de los Muertos. As I pointed out in our announcement time, this celebration is focusing on death, but rather it is a celebration of life - the life our loved ones have beyond death. It reminds us that death does not have the final word - God does!
We also welcomed a traditional dance troop made up of women. These elaborate dances may seem a bit odd for some of us, but the dances are done as an offering to God and in honor of the saints.
Dancing as a way to worship God is nothing new. It has been used in many cultures. In a way, it is kind of like the liturgical dances someone might find in other Christian traditions. Dancing and drumming is very common among Christians in part of Africa and among Native Americans.
Lastly, I want to close with a reminder that Br. Ray and I will be away on vacation. In case of emergency, Preston Smith, our Sr. Warden is in charge. Fr. Lee is of course available for pastoral emergencies.
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