All Saints Day Masses

All Saints tapestryWednesday, November 1, 2017 is All Saints Day. We will celebrate masses for the Solemnity of All Saints in the Worship Center at:

  • 8:30 AM
  • 7:00 PM

All Saints Day, the day on which we celebrate all the saints, known and unknown, is a surprisingly old feast. It arose out of the Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom. When martyrdoms increased during the persecutions of the late Roman Empire, local dioceses instituted a common feast day in order to ensure that all martyrs, known and unknown, were properly honored.

Over the years, the rolls of saints included those who were not martyred for their faith but also those who lived that faith as an integral part of who they were. These include not only those who are canonized by the church, but all whom God calls saints…all those whom God has found worthy of the eternal life given to us by Christ.

The Saints are our ancestors and friends -- that "cloud of witnesses" who accepted the godly realism of their lives, shared it with others on Earth, and continue to do so now before the throne of God in heaven. We believe that they "intercede" for us here below, and in a special way, they are linked with us in what we call "the communion of Saints."

The current date of November 1 was instituted by Pope Gregory III (731-741), when he consecrated a chapel to all the martyrs in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and ordered an annual celebration. This celebration was originally confined to the diocese of Rome, but Pope Gregory IV (827-844) extended the feast to the entire Church and ordered it to be celebrated on November 1.

Readings for the Day:

  • Rev. 7:2-4; 9-14. This reading from the Book of Revelation is filled with symbolism. The lamb represents Jesus Christ, slain and risen from the dead; those marked with the seal are the baptized; the martyred are those who have survived the persecution. The 144,000 is formed by multiplying the 12 tribes of Israel times 12,000, which is a Hebrew way of saying "infinite."  This image is echoed in the vision of a "great multitude, which no one could count." God's victory includes everyone.
  • 1 John 3: 1-3. John speaks about the manner of living that flows from our relationship with God...God’s love for us is transformative. In becoming children of God we become a new reality.
  • Matt. 5: 1-12. This gospel reading of the “beatitudes” demonstrates the passion Jesus had to “turn the world upside down.” Saints are those who live this new way of life that leads to true happiness. These "gospel virtues" are set as ideals for ourselves in this life and in the next.

All you holy men and women, pray for us!