"And a great multitude from every nation and tribe and people and language, cried with a loud voice, saying ‘salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne and to the Lamb!" (Revelation 7:10)
All Saints Day, also known as All Hallows' Day or Hallowmas, is a Christian celebration in honour of all the saints from Christian history. In Western Christianity, the Anglican and Roman Catholic Church observe it on 1 November each year.
The Christian festival of All Saints Day comes from a conviction that there is a spiritual connection between those in Heaven and on Earth. In our tradition, the holiday honours all those who have passed on to the Kingdom of Heaven. All Saints Day relates to giving God earnest gratitude for the lives and deaths of his saints, remembering those who were well-known and not. Additionally, individuals throughout Christian history are celebrated, such as Peter the Apostle and Charles Wesley, as well as people who have personally guided us to faith in Jesus, such as a relative or friend.
In addition to weekly worship gatherings, "All Saints Day" annually reminds us of our connectedness as Christians. Perhaps, you were taught to think of saints as statues in a church building. However, the Bible teaches something completely different. Who is a saint? You are. That is, if you’re a follower of Jesus. God calls a "saint" anyone who trusts in Christ alone for salvation, not only those great men and women of history but also people like you and me.
Weekend Worship will be held in St Luke’s Chapel this coming Sunday 3 November, between 5.30 pm and 6.00 pm. Everyone is invited to come along and we look forward to welcoming you.
Ft Iain Furby
St Luke's Anglican School