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El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an event celebrated in many Latin American countries, particularly in Mexico. The Day of the Dead is a time to remember and honor the deceased and is usually characterized by ofrendas, which are shrines or altars constructed to present offerings to the spirits.

Since Dia de los Muertos is considered to be a celebration of eternal life rather than a sad event, ofrendas usually reflect whimsical portrayals of the dead as they were when they were living.

St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church invites you to remember your departed loved ones by contributing to an ofrenda that will be set up in the Columbarium Garden at St. Philip's through Friday.

Photographs, meaningful objects and memorabilia are all suitable offerings. Objects may be placed on the ofrenda from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today or during St. Philip's All Souls' Day memorial service Friday.

A special Memorial Eucharist will be at 7 p.m. Friday. Particular attention will be given to remembering those who have died within the past two years, but the service will celebrate everyone who has passed on.

Families are invited to remember their loved ones by lighting one of the votive candles found outside the church door before the service and placing it on the altar. The service concludes with a candlelit procession into the Columbarium Garden for prayers around the ofrenda. The celebration of life then continues with a festive reception.

St. Philip's is at 4440 N. Campbell Ave., at East River Road. Parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar covered parking structure on the east side.

The office phone number is 299-6421.

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