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All Saints Day

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give me grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that I may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.??

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howard diehl

posted November 2, 2008 at 1:09 pm

I find the contrast of the sentiment of your prayer with the reality of the holiday in France. Toussaint, or All Saints Day, is marked here by a day off with pay (although it was on saturday this year), and a visit to the cemetery to honor the dead. It is one of the busiest days of the year for Europeans, but yet there is not hope or joy in this, French Cemeteries are cold and off-putting.
Contrast that with the joy-effusing prayer about those who have gone on before us as part of the church –past, present and future, on heaven and earth.
The gulf is great indeed.

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posted November 2, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Interesting comment, Howard.

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Bob Brague

posted November 2, 2008 at 4:58 pm

I think November 1 is All Saints Day. November 2 is All Souls Day.

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Scot McKnight

posted November 2, 2008 at 5:08 pm

I think the American (liturgical) churches can choose to celebrate All Saints today.
Check this:
Scroll down to the Calendar for November.

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posted November 2, 2008 at 5:23 pm

Especially those churches that only celebrate liturgical holidays on Sundays (although these tend not to be the more liturgical traditions, I admit…).

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