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All Souls Day Community Service
November 8, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Prayers, meditations and chants will be offered on behalf of those who have died in the past year, with special intention for those dead from COVID-19, in a candlelight community service at 5 p.m. November 8, at Bethesda Episcopal Church, 26 Washington Street, near Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The service, in observance of All Souls Day, will include a reading of names and meditation, as well as Gregorian chant, said Rev. Charles Wallace, priest in charge.
“This year 2020 has been a difficult year, when which people of all faiths have turned to their Creator to find spiritual and emotional comfort. Bethesda offers this service for people of all faiths so that we can gather as a community to commemorate all who have died, both known to us and unknown, and thereby renew our collective commitment to caring for one another,” said Father Wallace.
The service, about 30 minutes in length, will follow the monastic Prayers for the Dead, a form with Medieval roots, with time for meditation, psalms, readings, prayers and Gregorian chant, Father Wallace said.
The service will be conducted in keeping with all New York State protocols for religious gatherings. Masks will be required to be worn at all times, seating will be at distance and limited in number, and hand sanitizer will be available as people enter the church. A free will offering opportunity will be available.