All Saints’ Institute to feature special guest preacher the Rev. Ralph McMichael
Redeemer invites the community to its annual All Saints’ Institute, Nov. 1-3, to observe All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, and the Sunday following. For three days as the parish celebrates Christian life, Redeemer will welcome Center for the Eucharist founder and executive director, the Rev. Ralph McMichael, Ph.D., as special guest preacher. An Anglican priest for more than three decades, the Rev. Dr. McMichael holds a doctorate in systematic theology from The Catholic University of America, and has written and lectured widely on the history, theology and practice of the Eucharist. His sermons at Redeemer will be focused around the theme, “Eucharist: Communion of the Saints.”
On All Saints’ Day, Fri., Nov. 1, McMichael’s sermon will be on the subject of “Eucharist: Life of the Saints.” Morning masses will be held at 7:30 and 10 a.m. In the evening, at 6 p.m., a solemn high mass with baptisms will be followed by a dinner service in Gillespie Hall.
The following day, All Souls’ Day, Sat., Nov. 2, McMichael will preach on the subject of “Eucharist: Death of the Saints.” Morning mass will be held at 10 o’clock; the evening Contemporary mass takes place at 5:30 p.m.
On All Saints’ Sunday, Nov. 3., McMichael’s topic will be “Eucharist: Church of the Saints.” He will preach during the morning masses at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m.
The 9 a.m. Sunday mass includes a procession of Sunday School students and will be followed by Redeemer’s annual “All Saints Wax Museum,” which takes place in Gillespie Hall from 10:15 to 11 a.m. More than 50 children, after studying the lives of various saints, create a life-size timeline of heroes of the faith, complete with costumes and props, posing as unmoving “wax” figures. As Gregorian chant fills the candlelit hall, the congregation moves among the “museum” of children, admiring and learning about Christian saints through time.
McMichael has published two books, “The Doctrine of the Eucharist in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer” and “Eucharist: A Guide for the Perplexed,” and edited a third: “The Redemption of Creation: A Liturgical Theology.” He is currently editing and writing a textbook on Anglican theology, set to be published by London’s SCM Press.
For more information, call 941-955-4263.