BAR HARBOR — An All Hallow’s Eve service is planned for St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, 41 Mount Desert St., on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m.
All Hallows Eve or Halloween 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.