(In The Life Of The Church)
All Saints Liturgy (by jamie)
By the end of this week, it’s not going to be October anymore, so brace yourselves for the best month of the year. While I would love to write an entire newsletter about why November is the best month, November doesn’t need me to punch it up, and I probably just like it because it’s my birth month anyway.
So, let’s do this instead:
Friday is All Saints Day, and we are going to be having a liturgy at 5:30. Our All Saints Liturgy is one of my favorite gatherings of our liturgical year. If you didn’t come last year, or have never participated in one of these before, I wanted to take a minute to fill you in on what it is.
Like most notable points on the Liturgical Calendar, All Saints Day invites us to take a moment intentionally practice something that we would like to think we do all the time, but probably don’t.
All Saints Day, as we observe it, is about remembering and re-membering. It’s about remembering those who have died who have reflected Christ to us in their ordinary, or may not so ordinary, lives. In each of our lives, there are people we have encountered who have changed us—the way we think about God, about our neighbor, and about ourselves—for the better.
Perhaps in the most on-the-nose sense, these are people who have shaped our faith through teaching us or challenging us to seek God more fully. Or perhaps more subtly, these are people who have offered us the love of Christ in their care for us, modeling what it looks like to be being-formed in the way of Christ. All Saints Day invites us to remember them and express gratitude to God for the gifts they have been in our lives.
It’s also about inviting us to be aware of people who are currently in our lives who are actively impacting us in the sorts of ways we might otherwise only notice when they are gone. We are invited to take a moment to notice and offer gratitude to God for the gifts of these people in a sort of lateral remembrance.
In all of this remembering, All Saints Day invites us to re-member ourselves to the people who are alongside of us on the Way of Christ, knowing that we are one Body, challenging one another, caring for one another in a reciprocity that both reflects and embodies the presence of the Risen Christ; the Word who became flesh, and is yet flesh.
Hope you can make it. If you have any questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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