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Remember, you are not a solo saint. There is no such thing from a biblical perspective. Rather, as a saint, you have been joined to the family of all saints, including those who live around the world and those who have gone to be with the Lord. Therefore, on All Saints Day, it is a perfect time to remember that God has made you special for him and his purposes, and that he has joined you into the eternal, worldwide fellowship of all his saints. Moreover, it's a good day to take seriously the fact that God wants to make himself known in this world through you as a member of the family of all saints.
Do you believe that God has set you apart for himself and for his mission in the world? Who are some of the "saints" who have encouraged you in your faith? Why not thank God for them today? Thank you for choosing me to enter into a relationship with and to serve you in the world. Help me, dear Lord, to live out who I am as a saint.
May I see my whole life in light of the fact that you have set me apart for you. May I live distinctively, reflecting your presence and values in all that I do. And may I do so as part of your family of saints. Thank you, gracious God, for those saints who have meant so much to my discipleship.
A reflection for All Saints' Day | National Catholic Reporter
I thank you for those I have never met, like the Apostle Paul, or J. Some say that it was to change the emphasis and understanding of an ancient celebration. Before the birth of Christ, the druids, in what is now Britain and France, observed the end of summer with sacrifices to the gods. It was the beginning of the Celtic year, and they believed Samhain, the lord of death, sent evil spirits abroad to attack humans, who could escape only by assuming disguises and looking like evil spirits themselves.
The waning of the sun and the approach of dark winter made the evil spirits rejoice and play nasty tricks. So did the growing and expanding Christianity take over a pagan holiday and transform it and give it a new meaning? Or did Christians just understand that the coming of winter is a fearful time remember they did not have central heat and electric lights! Protestant Christians don't pray to the saints, but for Catholic Christians, yes, it would be a day to pray to the various saints. Now here is, maybe a new perspective to consider. We Protestants sometimes misunderstand what Catholics are doing when they are praying to a saint.
It does not mean that they are worshipping the saint; that would be idolatry. What it does mean is that they are talking. That is after all, what prayer is; it is talking. Specifically what they are saying in their prayer is "St. Is it wrong to ask someone else to pray for us? Nope, we do it all the time. Is it wrong to talk to the dead? Many of us have done that at particular times in our lives; talked to a beloved parent or friend who is now deceased.
We celebrate the lives of ordinary men and women of every time and place who lived in an extraordinary way in faithfulness to the message of the gospel. These men and women have been teachers and preachers; they are founders of religious orders and scholars. They are married persons, missionaries, and martyrs.
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They come from all walks of life and from various parts of the globe. They are ours and they belong to us. In the history of the Church there have been countless others who really are saints, and who are with God in heaven.
Their names are not on the list of canonized saints in the church. They are especially remembered today on this feast day. These saintly men and women are indeed blessed and holy and we ought to follow in their footsteps.
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The origin of this feast lies in the common commemorations of martyrs who died in groups or whose names were unknown, which were held on various days in different parts of the Church. However, over time these celebrations came to include not only the martyrs but all saints.
The purpose of the feast is said to be twofold. This celebration of the feast of all saints reminds us of the fact that they are present, interceding on our behalf as we are surrounded by the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us and now are a great role model for us as we strive to live out our faith. It is not a status towards which they work or concentrate their efforts. It is a status that is immediate upon their acceptance of Christ and the salvation that he has offered. Later on the term was applied to people who, by their character, life, and conduct, showed conspicuous marks of their consecration to God, or of the influence of the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
One Protestant’s Reflection on All Saints Day
In the second century A. This feast originated as a feast of All Martyrs, sometime in the 4th century. At first it was celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. It came to be observed on May 13 when Pope St. The pope re-buried the bones of many martyrs there, and dedicated this Church to the Mother of God and all the Holy Martyrs on May 13, Peter to all saints not just to the martyrs on November the first.
The feast of All Saints achieved great prominence in the ninth century, in the reign of the Byzantine Emperor, Leo VI, the Wise, as he was called who built a church and dedicated it to All Saints. Soon others were added to these who had chosen to imitate more closely the virginity and poverty of Christ, and still others for their outstanding practice of the Christian virtues was recommended to the pious devotion and imitation of the faithful.
When we celebrate the Eucharistic sacrifice we are closely united with the saints in heaven through the worship of God done in the Church. During our sanctification through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are being transformed into the likeness of Christ. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.
It only remains for God to finish the transformation by revealing himself totally to us in eternal glory. John tells us that when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. They represent every nation, tribe and language and now stand before God and give thanks to him for the gift of salvation. Here we have two imaginative visions — the life of the Christian on this earth and the assembly of the Kingdom of Heaven. They now stand around the throne of God and the Lamb and they are the people who remained loyal to God through their suffering and hardship.
Their white robe and palm in hand testify victory. It is in fact a charter for holiness. Jesus proclaims that those believers who are currently in dire situations will ultimately share in the blessedness of God. In a religious context beatitude is a statement in the indicative mood beginning with a form of the adjective Blessed, declaring certain people to be in a privileged, fortunate circumstance. As a form of speech Beatitudes are found in the OT wisdom literature and prophesy.