The Festival of All Saints is one of the chief celebrations of the Christian Year. We gather for Holy Communion in the Chapel on this greatest of festivals at 8 AM on Wednesday, 1 November.
Robert Darwin Crouse of blessed memory encourages us:
As we celebrate this festival, we recall our vocation to be saints - to follow them in virtuous and godly living. We celebrate the triumph of God’s Grace in them, and seek to share in their holy fellowship. In this sacrament that we celebrate, the veil is divided that separates their life from ours, and our worship and intercession becomes one with theirs. We are one Church, they in heaven and we on earth; one in our common life in Christ. Our imperfect prayers are aided by their more perfect intercessions of those spirits pure in heart, who stand before the throne of God and serve him day and night.
Let us rejoice in this festival of saints. Let us rejoice in their example, their fellowship, and their prayers. And as we approach the sacrament today, let us especially remember our own calling to be saints - strangers and pilgrims here on earth, seeking a better country. Let us pray that as the saints were nourished by the bread of life, so we may be nourished, and finally take our place, however humble, in their company.
Thou who all things canst and knows,
Who on earth such food bestowest,
Grant us with thy saints, though lowest,
Where the heavenly feast thou slowest,
Fellow heirs and guests to be.