SLIDESHOW: Community continues century-old tradition at Krain

For more than 120 years, members of the Catholic Church and community have been gathering at the Holy Family Cemetery in Krain at sunset to recite the Rosary and light candles on the graves of the dearly departed for the Feast of All Saints.

Brought to Krain by eastern European settlers, the tradition continued Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the cemetery outside Enumclaw.

It is said to be one of the few places in the world where the solemn, centuries-old custom prevails.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church continues the tradition as an opportunity to remember those who have died and place candles on their graves as witness to the one who is the light of the world. After the candles are lit, those in attendance recite the rosary, reaffirming their ties with those who have gone before them in faith.

Today, Nov. 2, is the Feast of All Souls when prayers are said in memory of all those who have died in faith and hope. There will be a 6:30 p.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Church followed by a presentation on “Grieving for Those We Love” by Glori Schneider and Judy Klontz, chaplains at Enumclaw’s St. Elizabeth Hospital. This presentation is open to everyone at approximately 7 p.m. in the parish hall.


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