Watching the subtle and silent changes of foliage these days is nature’s reminder, once again, that all of life is a cycle and rhythm. Birth, growth, letting go and transformation is a continuous process, both physically and spiritually. It is no accident that we mark All Saints and All Souls during this season, a “thin” time when the presence of those who have gone before us is near. We recall and honor the ongoing connection between the living and the dead, a communion of holy people and, by extension, a sharing in the sacred community of life that is creation itself.
This year at Mercy by the Sea, the staff will mark this connection by creating a Day of the Dead altar in our chapel. It comes from a combination of the ancient Aztec custom of celebrating dead ancestors, and the Christian celebrations of All Saints and All Soul's Days. The altars usually have photos of the deceased, candles, flowers, and often a representation of the four elements. You are invited to join in our prayer by remembering your own deceased family members and friends. Together we form a community of memory and hope, a holy people called to bring the face of divine compassion into our every day.