St. Saviour’s Church Offering All Hallow’s Eve Service
Sunday, October 30th, at 4:30 PM, St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, 41 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, a unique and first time offering of an All Hallow’s Eve Service.
All Hallows Eve or Halloween as we commonly know it dates back to the ancient Celts who marked their new year—the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter—with the celebration of the festival Samhain, a “thin” time when the boundary or divide the natural and supernatural was more transparent and palpable.
The souls of the dead were said to return to their homes and large bonfires set aflame to frighten away evil spirits. With the Christianization of the British Isles this pagan holy day became known as All Saints Day, a commemoration of the holy community of God and the spiritual bond between all the living and dead, those remembered and also forgotten.
The celebration of All Saints traditionally begins with a vigil the night before. All are welcome to an All Hallows’ Eve meditative service of light, music, readings, a procession to the town cemetery, and special prayers that anticipate and celebrate this porous moment of time and communion. Refreshments and fellowship to follow. St. Saviour’s is handicap accessible.
St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church was founded in 1876, and strives to be a lively spiritual resource for the entire Bar Harbor community. Sunday worship is at 7:30 and 10:00 AM, as well as Morning Prayer on Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 AM, and a healing Eucharist on Wednesday at 12 noon. The Reverend Tim Fleck serves as Rector of St. Saviour’s, as well as of The Episcopal Parish of St. Andrew & John in Southwest Harbor. St. Saviour’s is handicap accessible.
Contact: St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church
41 Mt. Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-4215 church office
The Rev. Kathleen Killian, Assistant Rector… kathleen@MDI-Episcopal.org or Mark Johnson, Music Director MJvoice@yahoo.com
Halloween is upon us and, once again, we are providing free hot cider and donuts for “trick or treaters” on Halloween (Monday, October 31) starting at 4 pm in front of the Rectory at 41 Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor. Children of ALL ages welcome for the fun!