Thoughts for All Saints Day
Today we pause to remember the Saints of God -- all of them, whether well-known or unknown. There are various definitions of what makes a saint -- those who are so designated officially by the Church and simply all who follow Jesus. I will leave it to you to decide how to define sainthood for this day, but may we celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us, making confession of faith in Jesus, and living lives that worthy of that calling.
Perhaps the best known hymn for All Saints Day is: "For All the Saints." Written by William How, it is most often sung to the tune of Sine Nomine (Ralph Vaughan Williams). The first verse reads:
For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name O Jesus, be forever blest.
I invite you to observe this day by sharing in this beloved hymn of the saints!