All Saints' Day
Throughout the Church’s Year we celebrate many individual, named Saints. But there are very many more Saints – men, women and children – whose names we do not know and who do not have a special feast day. They are among that “…great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages…”, from whose eyes God has wiped every tear, and who now see him face to face in the joy of Heaven (NRSV, Revelation 7:9, 17).
So on All Saints’ Day, November 1st, we celebrate all the Saints and we pray that God will give us grace to follow their example, that we too may come to the unimaginable joys that he has prepared for those who love him.
All Saints’ Day is also known as All Hallows, and October 31st is All Hallows Eve (Hallowe’en). The dedication of many churches is to ‘All Saints’ or to ‘All Hallows’.
The liturgical colour for All Saints’ Day is white. It is a day of gladness and rejoicing.
Short talks for All Saints’ Day, The cloud of witnesses, Faithful unto death, Glorious inheritance and Made like unto Him, are available in this section of the Holy Faith website. The following talks are suitable for children: The Church in Heaven, The Communion of Saints, Prayers to the Saints, The Saints.