What a tremendous weekend we had together, all the saints of Christ Church, at our Parish Retreat! This weekend is All Saints Sunday, when we thank God for the great cloud of witnesses, those saints who have gone before us and finished the race, as well as the living and global company of all our fellow disciples. Anglican priest and poet, Malcolm Guite, has written this sonnet for occasion:
Though Satan breaks our dark glass into shards
Each shard still shines with Christ’s reflected light,
It glances from the eyes, kindles the words
Of all his unknown saints. The dark is bright
With quiet lives and steady lights undimmed,
The witness of the ones we shunned and shamed.
Plain in our sight and far beyond our seeing
He weaves them with us in the web of being
They stand beside us even as we grieve,
The lone and left behind whom no one claimed,
Unnumbered multitudes, he lifts above
The shadow of the gibbet and the grave,
To triumph where all saints are known and named;
The gathered glories of His wounded love.
PS Be sure to make note of our next Deep Roots, New Season meeting. We have some important updates.