A Night with the Saints
If you’ve ever wondered what else there is to do on Halloween, and if getting dressed up in costumes or passing out candy isn’t your thing, then perhaps revisiting the meaning behind the holy day and attending a Vigil of All Saints might be just for you.
For years I’ve gone to the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC for their annual (and standing room only!) All Saints Day vigil on Halloween. This year I thought I’d visit another vigil service that began a few years ago, also hosted by the Dominicans, but in Baltimore instead at the Ss. Philip and James University Parish.
The format was the same, reflections from selected saints, chanted Night Prayer, a candlelight procession, and veneration of relics, ending with a party including hot cider, food, and of course candy.
It was a very beautiful night of prayer and celebration. If you’d like to see more photos, there are more images from this Vigil of All Saints at my photo gallery.