All Saints Day

All Saint’s Day – November 1st

Today (October 31st) is “All Hallow’s Eve”, Tomorrow, “All Hallow’s Day”, (hallows = saints) or Hallowmas (mas= Mass), or better known as “All Saint’s Day”, and Saturday will be “All Soul’s Day”!

The Christian holiday of All Saint’s Day honors and recognizes all of the saints of the christian church, many of which were martyrs. The church sets this day aside to celebrate recognized saints. Historically, All Saints Day was known as Hallomas. It should not be confused with All Souls’ Day, which is observed on November 2, and is dedicated to those who have died in Christ – and is known in the Church of England as “The Commemoration of the Faithfully Departed”.

In the Western Christian practice, the liturgical celebration begins at Vespers on the evening of 31 October, All Hallows’ Eve (All Saints’ Eve), and ends at the close of 1 November. It is thus the day before All Soul’s Day, which commemorates the faithful departed. In many traditions, All Saints’ Day is part of the triduum of Allhallowtide, which lasts three days from 31 October to 2 November inclusive.

Traditionally in the Church the two days of All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2) were valued as times to celebrate heritage and those Christians of the past who faithfully transmitted the Faith to succeeding generations. Martin Luther actually chose All Saints Eve to send his Ninety Five Theses to the Archbishop. His challenge to the Church and its leaders to reform was set against the background of the heritage of that Church. And even after the Reformation, both Lutheran and Anglican traditions retained the celebration of All Saints Day as a time to honor those who had been faithful. (Source: Richard Godegkeit)

O ALMIGHTY God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord: Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which thou hast prepared for them that unfeignedly love thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Anglican Book of Common Prayer (BCP)

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