All Saints’ Day

(1 November)

The Collect:
O ALMIGHTY God, who has knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: grant us grace so to follow your blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which you have prepared for them that unfeignedly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Readings: Isaiah 66:20-23; Psalm 33:1-5; Revelation 7:2-12; Matthew 5:1-12

All Saints’ Day, one of the seven principle feasts of the Christian year, celebrates the doctrine and reality of what the Apostles’ Creed calls “the Communion of Saints.” The Epistle and Old Testament especially celebrate the unity of God’s people across the divides of nationality and the divides of death – saints in heaven and on earth are bound together in one Body, worshiping our Savior, Jesus Christ. The Gospel and Psalm focus on the righteousness of the Saints, and so the Collect takes this all up asking God to help us to follow their good examples as we journey towards joining them in the “unspeakable” bliss of heaven.

About Fr. Brench

I'm an Anglican Priest and a sci-fi geek. Therefore, I write about liturgy & spiritual formation, theology & biblical studies, and Doctor Who. But I keep those blogs separate so I don't confuse too many people!
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