Feast of All Saints (November 1)   8 comments

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For All the Saints

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The First Set of Readings for This Feast:

Ecclesiasticus 44:1-14

Psalm 149

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-17

Matthew 5:1-12

The Second Set of Readings for This Feast:

Ecclesiasticus 2:(1-6), 7-11

Psalm 149

Ephesians 1:(11-14), 15-23

Luke 6:20-26, (27-36)

The Collect:

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we 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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When I grew up United Methodist in southern Georgia, U.S.A., saints were peripheral at best in my consciousness.  I did not grow up hostile to Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, which place great emphasis on saints; the saints (beyond a few exceptions, such as some Biblical figures and St. Francis of Assisi) did not interest me.  I was quite Protestant.

Yet, as I became more interested in post-apostolic and pre-Protestant Reformation church history, I began my journey toward the Tiber River, which I did not cross because I remained too Protestant to do so.  So I traveled the Canterbury Trail instead, becoming an Episcopalian.

Now I repeat without reservation the great words of William Walsham How (1823-1897):

For all the saints, who from their labors rest;

who thee by faith before the world confessed,

thy name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.

Alleluia, alleluia!

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 13, 2010

THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR C

Published originally at SUNDRY THOUGHTS OF KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR on June 13, 2010

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