All Saints Day

Text: Hebrews 11:32-12:2

Prayer Pointers:

For the saints of God

For the consolation of the Resurrection

ALL SAINTS DAY has become somewhat neglected in the Church’s calendar, but it is an important reminder to us of the promise that is held within the Resurrection: that those who have died are not separated from us, but in Christ are alive, and present to us in a way that we cannot completely explain, only appreciate. As pastor and theologian Berthold Von Schenk explains:

When we view death in the light of the Communion of Saints and Holy Communion, there is no helpless bereavement. My loved one has left me, yes, and gone on a long journey. But I am in touch with her. I know there is a place where we can meet—at the Altar of our Lord! How it thrills me when I hear the words of the Liturgy “Therefore with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven,” for I know that, [by God’s promise] she is there with that great company…

And so we sing:

And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long,

Steals on the ear the distant triumph-song

and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong

Alleluia! Alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west;

soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest;

sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest!

Alleluia! Alleluia!

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


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