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 took place on Sunday, September 17. Principal Paul Karafiol of Lake View High School was the guest preacher, and you can read his sermon here. Between services, Sarah Makela of GROWCommunity, a nonprofit that puts schools at the center of community-building, moderated a panel discussion with 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 7, 2018, 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 2018, the All Saints' Day of the Dead services will be on Sunday, November 4. If you wish to be baptized or have your child baptized this festive morning, contact our priests Bonnie or Emily.

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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.

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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. On Thursdays, February 15 through March 22, Lenten Evening Prayer will be offered at 7:00pm.