As we move into November our lives are dominated by the days getting shorter and the nights longer. Winter coats, scarves and gloves are brought out of the wardrobe but it isn’t a month of all doom and gloom, just rather chilly.
We start with All Saints Day on 1st November. Who are the Saints? They are everyone who has found their resting place in heaven.
Certain ones from among their number are given the title Saint because it is felt that there is something about them, some aspect of their life on earth that set us an example to follow. However these are the exceptional ones; on 1st November we celebrate all those others, the ordinary folk, including deceased members of our own families, who have joined the heavenly family.
On the 2nd the Feast of All Souls we pray for all those whom we have loved and who have passed away; that their souls may find rest in heaven.
Sunday 10th is Remembrance Sunday, when we bring to mind all those who have given their lives in war to preserve our freedom.
A Saint that we remember particularly, on the 17th November is our patron St Hilda. Her contribution to the Church in this country was huge; she presided over the Meeting (the Synod) in Whitby in 664 that united the Roman and Celtic churches into one body. Please come and join us in our celebrations on that day.
November brings the church’s year to a close with the Feast of Christ the King on 24th as we then embark on the following Sunday into new year with the beginning of Advent.