The Solemnity of All Saints Day is celebrated on November 1st, every year, as the day for commemorating all the Saints. It is a Holy Day of Obligation, and Catholics are required to attend Mass. On this solemnity, we honour, pray and celebrate all saints those persons whom are known and unknown, and they are multitude in numbers (cf. Rev 7:9), enjoying the beatific vision who “remain connected and part of the One Body of Christ” in Heaven. All of them lived earthly lives like us and faithful to Christ’s teaching and His Church.
These Saints give us inspirations and encouragement for our preparation to share with them the joy of the Kingdom of Heaven. In the Eucharistic preface for All Saints Day, we can recall the imagery vision used from the Book of Revelation, “Today we keep the festival of Your holy city, the heavenly Jerusalem, our mother… gives us inspiration and strength as we hasten on our pilgrimage of faith eager to meet them.”
What must we do to join the company of the Saints in Heaven? The celebration of All Saints offers us a celebration of holiness – a universal call to attain holiness (Lumen Gentium, 40). This celebration invites us to grow in holiness in our lives taking the models of the life of Christ and follow in His footsteps.
Paul VI said, “holiness in the Church belongs to all parts of the world and to all periods of history and that all peoples and all faithful of every social rank are called to attain holiness.” Therefore, every individual should seek the intercession of the Heavenly Saints to assist us in our earthly journey, as we encounter challenges in life, that through the grace of God we may grow and glow in the Spirit of Christ.
ALL YOU HOLY MEN AND WOMEN, PRAY FOR US!
Rev. Fr. George Packiasamy