All Saints Tapestries by John Nava, Los Angeles RC Cathedral
This Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of All Saints and our commemoration of all the departed, aka All Souls Day. The Book of the Dead will be available before the liturgy to write the names. Or, if there are any names you would like to commemorate and be read aloud during our Prayer of the People this Sunday, please e-mail them to me. FrMcCarron@aol.com
Those we as a community at St. Mary’s have lost this past year, that we will commemorate are:
Edith Hoffman, Katherine and David Wyland, Edward Dinkel III, Mary Allen, Joan Sturges Russo, Margaret Ann Eyre, Fr. Ron Wickey, Jean Brechter, Ann Lindgren, Janice Kraus
Sunday is also our annual election meeting.
Our meeting, delayed by my bout with COVID, will take place THIS SUNDAY As is the custom here, on that Sunday, there shall be one Eucharist celebrated at 9:00 AM, followed by a festive coffee hour provided by our vestry.
On that day we’ll briefly reflect on how this year has gone thus far, though a more fulsome discussion will happen in January. On October 30th we will elect our vestry and a warden. The current number of the vestry is 6. Our amended bylaws state that the number be at least 5 and no more than 6. After 5 years of living into that change the vestry intends to present an amendment that would change that number to "at least 5, no more than 9", to help give us flexibility in these changing times. This amendment would not take effect till our 2023 annual meeting.
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in bed. Then he wrote down the dream: I, Daniel, saw in my vision by night the four winds of heaven stirring up the great sea, and four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another.
As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified me. I approached one of the attendants to ask him the truth concerning all this. So he said that he would disclose to me the interpretation of the matter: "As for these four great beasts, four kings shall arise out of the earth. But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom for ever—for ever and ever."
Sing to the Lord a new song; *
sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.
2 Let Israel rejoice in his Maker; *
let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise his Name in the dance; *
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
4 For the Lord takes pleasure in his people *
and adorns the poor with victory.
5 Let the faithful rejoice in triumph; *
let them be joyful on their beds.
6 Let the praises of God be in their throat *
and a two-edged sword in their hand;
7 To wreak vengeance on the nations *
and punishment on the peoples;
8 To bind their kings in chains *
and their nobles with links of iron;
9 To inflict on them the judgment decreed; *
this is glory for all his faithful people.
In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God's own people, to the praise of his glory.
I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.