Vicar’s Reflection: ALL SAINTS DAY, November 5th, 2017
Why do we have All Saints’ Day? It originated from a letter written by Pope Gregory IV in 844 AD to the Emperor encouraging a day to recognize and celebrate all the Saints on 1 November. Our calendar is marked throughout the year with individual saint’s days such as St Luke (18 October), St James (23 Oct.) St Andrew (Nov 30). The Church down through the ages has held on to the memory of these individuals who shone as examples of Christian living. St Paul wrote to the Philippians (3:17): “Join with others in following my example … and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.” Christian people have taken Paul’s advice to heart and have followed the example of Christ and the saints and others who have had their lives shaped by the teachings of Christ. This doesn’t mean they were perfect, but they faced the challenges of their times and culture and lived lives that enabled Christian grace and goodness to shine through them. They transformed evil to good, disharmony to forgiveness, hatred to love. We still need people who will face the challenges of our time and take note of the example of Jesus and Paul and all the Saints. All Saints’ Day is observed in recognition that there are many un-named and unknown saints who have carried the cross and witness of Christ. I hope you are one of them.