Happy Feast of All Saints!

The Trinity Adored by All Saints, altarpiece by a Spanish painter ca. 1400

A happy and most glorious feast day of all the Saints! On this day, a feast of such importance that the Church designates it a Holy Day of Obligation, we commemorate all the members of the Church Triumphant, both known and unknown, and whose number we, as the Church Militant, aspire to join in Heaven one day. The saints are our forerunners and exemplars in the spiritual life, men and women from every era, race, region of the world, background and state of life, different in so many ways but alike in their whole-hearted response to God’s call. And they are not only our models but our friends and advocates, who are always ready to assist us and whose intercession we should call upon in all our necessities.

We wish our Minneapolis parish, the Church of All Saints, a happy patronal feast day!

After this, I saw a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and in sight of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and they cried with a loud voice, saying: Salvation to our God Who sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb.

– Revelation 7:9-10, from the Epistle for today

November 1, 2018