The Feasts of All Saints & Souls
"In the New Testament, the word "saints" describes the entire community of followers of The Way of Jesus. We all bear the word of God within us. From the very early church, followers whose faith and lives were particularly inspiring began to be described as "Saints" with a capital S. On All Saints' Day, November 1, we remember with gratitude those Saints whose lives and actions we look to as models for our own.
All Souls' Day, November 2, extends from All Saints' Day as a time to remember and honor deceased family and friends. As The Book of Common Prayer teaches, “The communion of saints is the whole family of God, the living and the dead, those whom we love and those whom we hurt, bound together in Christ by sacrament, prayer, and praise.”
These days are wrapped in Holy Mystery, connecting all people across time and space."