The Church TriumphantPosted: November 1, 2015
Even as a Christian, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of Halloween and slide into the Christmas frenzy. However, let’s not forget that today is one of the biggest church festivals of the year–All Saints Day. The Treasury of Daily Prayer explains that All Saints’ Day, “sets before us the full height and depth and breadth and length of our dear Lord’s gracious salvation (Ephesians 3:17-19).” (pg. 871). It goes on to explain how this feast shares the Easter celebration of resurrection, the celebration of the catholic (note: not Catholic) church that we mark on Pentecost, and has the end of the church year focus on the life everlasting.
We mark on this day all the saints that have gone before us: mothers and fathers, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on. Many churches also have a special remembrance of members who have died this past year. Our church has 6 members who have will be joining the All Saints celebration in Heaven for the first time this year. How blessed are they who are now in full communion with Christ our Lord, while we only get a taste of that Feast at the communion rail. However, we can also look forward to the day that we will join with the great multitude in their unending praise.
Now you’ll have to excuse me as I finish getting a certain little baptized saint ready for church. Happy All Saints Day!
P.S. The earliness of this post is brought to you courtesy of Daylight Savings Time ending. Babykins has been up since 5:30 a.m. Whee!