All Saints Day – A Message from the desk of the Rev. Larry D. Smith

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November 2, 2006 by Joseph Krohn

Let me remind you the historic Christian calendar observed around the world today, November 1, is All Saints’ Day. This is to remind us of the contributions of the saints who have winsomely and unselfishly lived the “Jesus life” throughout the centuries–in the Bible, in church history, and in our own lives. Few of us would be Christians today if we had not crossed the path of one or more of them. Below is an appropriate prayer and a hymn for today.

O ALMIGHTY GOD, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord: Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

For all the saints who from their labors rest, Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou wast their Rock, their fortress, and their Might; Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight; Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light, Alleluia! Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast, Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Alleluia! Alleluia!

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