Monday, 1 November 2010

For All the Saints

All Saints' Day
All Saints' Day (also known as All Hallows' Day or Hallowmas) is the day after All Hallows' Eve (Hallowe'en). It is a feast day celebrated on November 1st by Anglicans and Roman Catholics.
It is an opportunity for followers to remember all saints and martyrs, known and unknown, throughout Christian history. As part of this day of obligation, followers are required to attend church and try not to do any servile work.
Remembering saints and martyrs and dedicating a specific day to them each year has been a Christian tradition since the 4th century AD, but it wasn't until 609AD that Pope Boniface IV decided to remember all martyrs. Originally May 13th was designated as the Feast of All Holy Martyrs. Later, in 837AD, Pope Gregory IV extended the festival to remember all the saints, changed its name to Feast of All Saints and changed the date to November 1st.

Ephesians 2:19 (New American Standard Bible)
19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household
Hebrews 12:1 (New International Version © 2010)
Hebrews 12
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

Our Saviour has inspired generations of believers who have fought , prayed , persevered, suffered and passed on to glory. We stand on their shudders.
"For All the Saints Who from Their Labors Rest"
by William W. How, 1823-1897

1. For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confess,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest,Alleluia! Alleluia!

2. Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress,
and their Might;Thou, Lord,
their Captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear,
their one true Light.Alleluia! Alleluia!

3. Oh, may Thy soldiers, faithful,
true and bold,Fight as the saints
who nobly fought of old
And win with them the victor's crown of gold.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

4. O blest communion, fellowship divine,
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

4 Fertilize my soul:

Zimbabwe said...

I think saint isn't person who is known as saint by pope or by bishops (like in the Orthodox Church) - but saints are common people, who believed that Jesus is Savior and Lord - they are converted and love Him.

Arts&Disability said...

So sweet our Saints, the thoughts expressed! Thank you!
Love in our Lord
His Sonshine

Amrita said...

I agree with you Zimb, everyone who lives in Christ is a saint. Saints are common people who love Jesus.

Hello Sonshine, so good to hear from you. Hope you are doing good.

Jada's Gigi said...

So many who have gone before us....