The Story of All Saints’ Day

All Saints Day
(Zentangle(R)-inspired illustration by Jenn Webster)

Well, I very much hope that all of you bloggers and blog followers out there have had a good Halloween, with plenty of goodies to boot; But now, I am sad to say, the celebration is officially over for another year, because there happens to be another day that is right after Halloween, and that is a day that is called All Saints Day…
Now, All Saints Day is a Christian festival day that is celebrated on November 1st to honor all of the saints, both unknown as well as the known; On the very first day of November, it is celebrated by these churches: The Lutheran, the Roman Catholic, the Anglican Communion, the Methodist, and the Reformed Churches.
In the practice of the Western Christians, the liturgical celebration of all saints begins on the evening of October 31st, at Vespers, which that day happens to be All Hallows’ Eve (AKA All Saints’ Eve), before ending at the close of the very first day of November; That day also happens to be the day before another important religious event, and that is called All Souls Day, and that is a day in which commemorates all of the faithful who have departed.

Both Christian celebrations of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day stem from a belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between the living and those in heaven, while in the Catholic theology they commemorate the day all of those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. All Saints’ Day in the theology of the Methodists revolves around the fact that they are “giving God solemn thanks for the lives and deaths of His saints”, which includes those who are “famous or obscure”.
For those including myself who are in the Lutheran church, All Saints Day is a Christian holiday that falls on the very first day of the next-to-last month of the year, November, as in November 1st, while on the next day, November 2nd, it is All Souls’ Day; Christians in the early days have been accustomed to solemnize the anniversary of someone who has been martyred for Jesus Christ at the place of martyrdom. Neighboring dioceses in the days of the 4th century began interchanging feasts; the number of martyrs in the persecution of Diocletian had become so very great that a separate day could not be assigned to each. But in the feeling that each and every martyr should be venerated, the Church appointed a common day for all; The very first trace of All Saints’ Day was found in Antioch on the Sunday after Pentecost.

All Saints’ Day in many Lutheran churches is celebrated on the Sunday after the Reformation is celebrated, that is, since the date of Reformation is celebrated on a weekday, it is celebrated on the Sunday before the 31st of October. This festival in most congregations is marked as an occasion to remember those who have died; the names of the dead are read during worship while a bell is tolled, a chime is played, and\or a candle is lit for each name that is read.

If you would like to learn a whole lot more about All Saints’ Day, then please go to www.wikipedia.org and just look up “All Saints Day”. Is there a special person in your life who is of the faith and has passed away in this past year that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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