All Saints' Day
9 a.m. Family Service at Episcopal School of Jacksonville, River Field
10 a.m. In-person SD Service, Cathedral
10 a.m. Online Service, YouTube Channel
Once a year on All Saints’ Day, we pause intentionally to remember those we love whom we see no more…the saints in our lives, those known and unknown, who marked our worlds in meaningful ways. All Saints’ Day celebrates a spiritual bond between heaven and earth which is an essential part of our theology…
Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
…as we say in the liturgy for the Burial of the Dead.
The saints who have gone before us, “who toiled and fought and lived and died,” are in our hearts today, particularly the ones who have recently left us. That is why we read what is called the necrology on All Saints’ Sunday, a list of all those who have died in the last year in our parish.
All Saints’ Sunday is a time to let our hearts be reminded of the people in our lives who made a difference, those famous and those known only to us. It is a time to give thanks for their gifts and for their strengths, for what they taught us, and most of all for what God has done through them for us and for the kingdom, using them as a means of grace.