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The Feast of All Saints

November 1, 2010

The Sword and Armor of St. George, our Patron Saint, found in the window in St. George's Chapel

Today is the Feast of All Saints – one of the seven principal Feast Days of the Church Year and one of the four recommended days on which to celebrate Holy Baptism.  Most churches, like St. George’s, elect to transfer All Saints Day to the Sunday following it, so as to allow more people to celebrate it than would normally turn out for a mid-week Eucharist.  Our celebration of All Saints Sunday is going to be grand and you’re going to not want to miss it!  Our amazing choir will be singing Adrian Batten’s Short Communion Service, we’ll be having a special prayer at our Altar of Remembrance, a reading of the Necrology (or the list of names of deceased loved ones which you have written into our book on the Altar of Remembrance), and we’ll be celebrating at our High Altar.

 

To help us all prepare for remembering all the saints, not just those of the church but also the saints of our lives, who are some of the saints that have been or are currently in your life?  What are their stories?  Let’s share those stories here.

 

The Collect for All Saints’ Day

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 indescribable joys which thou hast prepared for those who truly love thee: through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting.  Amen.

 

Fr. Ryan+

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