The Day of All Saints

November 1

Color: White


We glorify and thank Thee, O Indwelling One, for the abiding presence among us of Thy glorious and holy saints who were and are and are to come. We humbly recognize that they indeed are the corners of our cosmos, the pillars of the perfection of mankind, and the revealers of reality. Do Thou, O Holy One, ever affirm within us Thy powers of holiness, that in the fullness of the time of our perfection we might join the ranks of thy leaders of light and become providers of purpose and helpers of Thy holy hand. Amen.


The Lesson is taken from the Book of Enoch the Prophet:
Blessed are ye, O saints and elect, for glorious is your lot. The saints shall exist in the light of the sun, and the elect in the light of everlasting life, the days of whose life shall never terminate; nor shall the days of the saints be numbered, who seek for light, and obtain righteousness with the Lord of spirits. Peace be to the saints with the Lord of the world. Henceforward shall the saints be told to seek in heaven the secret of righteousness, the portion of faith; for like the sun has it arisen upon the earth, while darkness passed away. There shall be light interminable: nor shall they enter upon the enumeration of time: for darkness shall be previously destroyed, and light shall increase before the Lord of spirits: before the Lord of spirits shall the light of righteousness increase for ever.


The Gospel is taken from the Book of the Great Mystery of the Logos:
The Apostles spoke to Jesus, saying: Speak to us O Lord, that we may hear Thee. We have followed Thee with all our heart, have left father and mother, have left vineyard and field, have left our goods, have left the king’s glory and have followed Thee, that Thou mightest teach us the life of Thy Father who hath sent Thee. Jesus, the living one, answered and said: This is the life of my Father, that ye receive your soul from the race of divine reason, and it cease to be earthly and become wise through that which I say unto you in the course of my words, that ye may contemplate it and be delivered from the ruler of this aeon and his snares, which have no end. But you are my disciples., make haste to receive my word carefully yourselves. that ye may know it, that the ruler of this aeon may not strive with you, and that ye yourselves, may fulfill my word, and I myself make you free, and you become whole through a freedom wherein there is no blemish. As the Spirit of the Comforter is whole, so shall ye become whole through the freedom of the spirit of the Holy Comforter.

The same Collect, Lesson and Gospel shall serve for seven days after, except on the Holy Day of All Souls.

Homilies for the Day of All Saints by Bishop Stephan Hoeller

A Homily for the Day of All Saints by Bishop Steven Marshall