The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Today’s feastday of ‘All Saints’ isn’t about those who are publicly named as saints – each of those has their own feastday. Instead, on the Feast of ‘All Saints’ we think of many ordinary good people who walked with God in their daily lives, and who are now dead. Today is their feastday – the unmentioned saints – who now live in God’s presence.
In the early Church, “saint” was a name for a person whom today we would call a “committed Christian”. In the Bible – after the four gospels – we can find the word “saint” over 60 times. Each refer- ence concerns living people who seek to follow Jesus. For example, Paul writes to some Christians:
“If any of the saints are in need, you must share with them.”, and;
“To all of you in Rome whom God loves greatly, all of you called to be saints: may God our Father send you peace.”
This feastday of ‘All Saints’ also reminds us of our own potential, of what (hope- fully) we are in the process of becom- ing. A Christian living 150 years after Jesus, wrote:
“The glory of God is a person living fully.”
Paul writes to a group of “saints” – committed Christians – in the Greek city of Ephesus. He starts off that letter with the words:
“To the saints
who are faithful to Christ…”
We’ll make our prayer today from other words in that same letter.
When I think of the greatness of God’s plan,
I fall on my knees
before God the Father.
From his great wealth
may he give us power through his Spirit that we may grow strong within. Through faith, may we discover that Christ has made his home within each of us.
Then, with our roots and foundations firmly built on God’s love,
may we, with all of his saints, grasp just how wide and long and high and deep
is Christ’s love. Yes, may we come to experience for ourselves
the love of Christ so that we may be filled completely with God himself.
This prayer we ask of God
who can accomplish far more
than we could ever ask for or imagine. Amen.
Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us
All holy men and women pray for us.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.