Altar de Muertos/Altar of Remembrance

Altar_de_muertos_2018.jpgThe monastic community will sponsor an Altar of Remembrance to commemorate the souls of our beloved family and friends who have gone to eternal life. The altar will be in place just outside the Abbot’s office (enter through the Monastery courtyard near the Great Hall) until the Thanksgiving recess.

The Altar de Muertos is a tradition originating principally in Mexico, but is observed in a number of other Latin American countries, for Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead / All Souls Day).  Similar traditions related to the celebration of All Souls Day exist around the world to remember and honor the deceased.

All are welcome to visit, to pray, and to place a photo of a loved one on the altar in the foyer of the monastery near the abbot’s office.  To ensure that priceless photos of your loved ones are not lost or destroyed, it is best to bring a photocopied photo. Photos can be laid on the altar or affixed to the boards that are part of the altar for that purpose.

You are also invited to participate in the abbey’s All Souls remembrance by completing the form available in the Abbey Church or at the Altar of Remembrance with the names of those you wish to have remembered in prayer by the monastic community throughout the month of November.