All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago

Special Services

Holiday traditions at All Saints require special celebrations, sometimes joyful, sometimes solemn. Our local traditions also come out in our special services held at certain times of the year.

Backpack Blessing

This annual celebration of education in our community features blessings for all students, teachers, administrators, and parents—oh, and backpacks! The 2017 event will take place on Sunday, September 17, at the 9:00am and 11:00am services. Principal Paul Karafiol of Lake View High School will be the guest preacher. Between services, at 10:00am, Sarah Makela of GROWCommunity, a nonprofit that puts schools at the center of community-building, will moderate a panel discussion by arts educators representing visual arts, music, and dance.

Pet Service

Every year in early October the furry and feathered are invited inside the church for a special blessing. A great service to observe or participate! This year’s Pet
Blessing services will be on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 9:00am and 11:00am.


Day of the Dead Service

All Saints’ Day is celebrated with a jazz band and colorful streamers traditional Mexican decorations strung around the church. In 2017, the All Saints’ Day of the Dead services will be on Sunday, November 5.

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Christmas Pageant

The children are the stars of All Saints’ slightly non-traditional version of the Christmas story, known in some households as "The Donkey (and Jesus)." This pageant experience happens once a year in early December and allows our children to share with the congregation some of the joy they have in their relationship with God. Come see the 2017 Christmas Pageant on at the 9am and 11am services on Sunday, December 17.

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Advent and Lent Mid-Week Services

Advent and Lent are occasions for Taize or other sung prayer services on weekday evenings. While different, each service features reading, time for reflection, and song. These contemplative breaks in the week help those who attend find space and meaning in these unique seasons.