All Saints Day Festival planned

The Refinery Church, Carver County, is celebrating All Saints Day on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

Reverend Michael Grannis, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, will lead the service at 7 p.m. The location is to be decided.

The origin of the festival dates to May 13, 610, when Pope Boniface IV consecrated the Pantheon at Rome. There is evidence from the fifth century, that May 13 was reserved to celebrate the holy martyrs.

The exact date cannot be traced with certainty, but it has been observed on various days in different places. Some believe that it has origins in the pagan observation, the Feast of the Lemaures; where malevolent spirits of the dead were propitiated.

Protestants generally regard all true Christian believers as saints. If they observe All Saints Day, they use it to remember all Christians both past and present.

Prayers and responsive readings may accompany the event. The names of those who died in the past year may be read and a candle lit.

In many Lutheran churches, All Saints’ Day and Reformation Day are observed concurrently. Typically, Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” and “My Savior Sinners Doth Receive” are sung.

The Refinery hopes to celebrate All Saints Day at a different church each year.