This Sunday we observe “All Saints.” I want to pass along pieces of several conversations I’ve had this week with my wife Christine and other colleagues in ministry about the significance of this day. What comes to mind when you think of this day? A deceased loved one, the mystery of life and death, an image of heaven? Martyred Christians?
From the Rev. Jay Wright, Associate Pastor of All Saints Anglican in Dallas: “The Church has a long-held pattern of commemorating particular men and women who have served Christ and allowed his light to shine through them in remarkable ways. All Saints’ Day is an opportunity to remember those saints en masse and give thanks for them. Like examining our universal family tree throughout space and time, All Saints’ Day is a wonderful opportunity to realize the mystical union we have with all who have been purchased with the blood of Christ.”
We are part of something much bigger than ourselves, each of us saint, made holy by the blood-bought grace of Jesus Christ, who join in the chorus of the saints of all ages, declaring surpassing greatness of our God. Do you feel like a saint?
From Christine: “I have a friend who is an artist. She made a mirror to hang in the hallway. The mirror was lined with broken pottery from dishes that belonged to her family and friends and that she’d found. The broken pieces created a mosaic of color. At the top, particular pieces where placed together so that they read SAINT. The point was that whenever anybody stood in front of that mirror and looked at their reflection, right above them would rest the label SAINT. It was to function as a reminder every day…’You are a saint. You have been washed clean by the blood of Jesus. You are free. You rest in His righteousness. You are made right. Live in it.'”
From the BCP, the collect of the 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 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. (Book of Common Prayer, 245)
Under His Mercy,