Today's Feast (November 1) - All Saints Day

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All Saints' Day is for all the known and unknown saints who have died and gone before us and who are at rest with Christ.

Simply put, to be a saint is to do God's will each day throughout one's life to the best of your ability. This is God's call for each of us who have been brought into His Body, the Church, through Baptism.

The origin of this feast day can be traced back to the 4th century. Ephrem of Syria and John Chrysostom, both Eastern Church Fathers, called this day the feast of martyrs of the whole world. In 835 Pope Gregory IV made November 1st as the feast day for all the Saints.

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God: blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called the children of God: blessed are they that are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (St. Matt. 5: 8-10) (The day's communion, page E 133, The People's Anglican Missal).

Vigil Propers
The Day's Propers
Catholic Encyclopedia article

Books Worth Considering

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference)amazon
The Penguin Dictionary of Saints: Third Edition (Dictionary, Penguin)amazon