And When The Saints…

And When The Saints…

In the Western church calendar, November 1 is All Saint’s Day. Traditionally know as Hallowmas (hallows meaning saints and mass being the service or celebration) or All Hallows, the evening before came to be known as All Hallows Eve, or Halloween. Although the latter has most of the culture’s attention, All Saint’s Day is the actual celebration of the saints, both past and present.

So, what is All Saint’s Day? Originally established more than a thousand years ago, All Saint’s is a day dedicated to the people of God—past, present and future. Although attention is focused on those saints who have gone before (see this post on ‘Why Dead People Matter’), there is a real celebration of the great cloud of witnesses of which the current Church is a part.

On November 1, we recognize that we have inherited a great legacy in the lives of those who have lived faithfully and well before us. We humbly admit that we cannot go it alone. And we gratefully give thanks that God never meant us to.

If you’d like, consider praying one or both of these prayers at least once during the day today.

Almighty God,
who hast knit together thine elect
in one communion and fellowship
in the mystical body of Your Son, Christ our Lord:
Give us grace so to follow Your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living,
that we may come
to those ineffable joys
that thou hast prepared for those
who unfeignedly love thee;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth,
one God, in glory everlasting. Amen

Book of Common Prayer, 1979

 

Father, All-Powerful and ever-living God,
today we rejoice in the holy men and women
of every time and place.
May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Liturgy of the Hours

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