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01 November 2006
  All Saints' Day
1 November

All Saints DayThe first day of November (or a Sunday close to it) is traditionally observed as All Saints' Day. On this day the Church remembers those who have finished the course of this life in faith and are now at rest with the Lord.

On All Saints' Day, we thank God for the faith of our fellow saints and for their example in the Christian life. But most of all, we praise God for His faithfulness to His saints, keeping them in His merciful favor. God promises to be faithful to us just as He has been faithful to our fellow saints before us.

The day came about in large part because of a glut of canonized saints in the Roman Catholic Church. So many had been established that the calendar was overflowing with saints' days: Therefore, many were moved to the joint commemoration on 1 November.

Lection

Psalm 65:1-8 or 34:1-10
Deuteronomy 33:1-3 or Isaiah 26:1-4, 8-9, 12-13, 19-21
Revelation 7:2-17 or 21:9-11, 22-27, 22:1-5
Matthew 5:1-12

Collect

O almighty God, by whom we are graciously knit together as one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of Jesus Christ, our Lord, grant us so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that we may come to those unspeakable joys which You have prepared for those who unfeignedly love You; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

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