As we are in the midst of an all consuming of our attention social upheaval and election, it’s important that we take time to clear our minds of the rattling distractions of the moment to remember. We should remember that all of this is just a small part, an important part but quite fleeting time-wise, of God’s order on earth and there are millions who kept the faith who suffered in ways worse than we can imagine.
Today is All Saints Day on the Christian calendar (also known as All Hallows’ Day or Hallowmas) and is the day after All Hallows’ Eve (Hallowe’en). It is a feast day celebrated on 1 November by Anglicans, Roman Catholics and other Christian groups around the world.
It is an opportunity for believers to remember all saints and martyrs, known and unknown, throughout Christian history. Historically as a day of obligation, believers have been expected to attend church and try not to do any servile work. Sadly, as with much of our faith, most have moved the celebration to the next Sunday as a convenience – hardly an act of Christian discipline.
All Souls’ Day is marked on November 2nd (or the 3rd if the 2nd is a Sunday), directly following All Saints’ Day, and is an opportunity for Christians communities to commemorate the faithful departed.
Here the secular have been calling attention to All Souls’ Day through a fascination with multiculturalism by focusing on the Mexican Catholic All Souls’ Day, or Day of the Dead. Such may have roots in pagan practices but today is, for most, a wholly religious practice in which cemetery plots are cleaned and those departed in the faith of Jesus Christ are honored and remembered.
On All Saints Day, let us remember those who have died in the Hope of the Resurrection thanking God that we too have access to such through the blood of his son Jesus Christ.