This All Saints Day Prayer can be used by individuals or is useful as an Ecumenical All Saints Day Prayer with groups.
About This All Saints Day Prayer
All Saints Day is celebrated yearly on November 1 in Western Christianity to honor all of the saints.
In the Liturgical branch of the Christian church, saints are those who have achieved the ultimate joy in heaven of complete communion with God where they see Him face to face. (see I Corinthians 13:11-2. ) They enter this bliss because of their unshakable faith in Christ that enabled them to lead remarkable lives of holiness and to do great deeds of mercy and healing. In the Catholic Church, there is a formal process of nomination and documentation through which the deceased are elevated to sainthood.
In the Evangelical branch of the Christian church, the word saint is used to denote all true Christian believers. Either way, on All Saints Day, all Christians celebrate the mysterious joy of “the communion of saints” which sees beyond death into the heavenly realm where kindred souls mysteriously unite together in their love for the Lord.
All Saints Day Prayer
Dear Father, We thank you for the communion of saints through which we are mysteriously united in Christ with those who have walked before us and with us in the faith. Although they now rest from their labors in your heavenly realm, we continually draw upon their indelible and living examples of excellence and holiness.
We are grateful for the way they have shared their lives, struggles, faith, courage and acts of mercy during their lifetimes so that we might today live better lifetimes of joyful service to You in your kingdom.
With them we pray in one accord, “Thy Kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Preserve the vivid lessons of their deeds of heroic trust, healing compassion and sacrificial love.
Inspire our hearts to dare to follow in their fearless footsteps.
Impart to us the heavenly perspective of eternity that they now enjoy.
Help us to gaze steadily toward your face as they did before us, resisting evil and humbly depending on you to strengthen and preserve us in the days of testing.
We make this prayer to you, the God of all nations, who calls us each to yourself that we might aspire to holiness and service in concert with the work of the saints of the ages. To you be the glory and praise and honor for all time to come. Amen.
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