ETERNAL Lord God, you hold all souls in life: We ask that your bright light and heavenly comfort may shine upon those who have died in the promise and faith of your Son, so that together with them, we may come to the joys of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Wisdom 3:1-9; Psalm 63; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 11:21-27
Although not technically a major feast day in the classic Anglican calendars, All Souls’ Day is a sort of counterpart to All Saints’ Day. Where yesterday celebrates the unity of God’s Church, today acknowledges the division brought about by death and the grave. Although we still mourn the deaths of our brethren in Christ, we do so with the hope and assurance that the dead will one day be raised, for they are in God’s hands even now, and Jesus is “the Resurrection and the Life.” So our mourning is only temporary – all God’s people will finally be reunited forever.
On a completely unrelated note, this post is my 500th post on this blog. Party on!