Today is the Feast of All Saints where the Church remembers all of those who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith, and who have lived good and holy lives.
Throughout our lives, you and I have been “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses” (Heb. 12:1), who have influenced our lives by the way that they lived their lives. We can all think of someone in our lives like that. It may be a parent, an aunt or uncle, a family friend, a teacher, a clergy person, or perhaps even a stranger, who showed us the love of Christ. They are unsung heroes who led ordinary lives, but influenced us in extraordinary ways.
On Sunday, we will read the names of family and friends who have died in years past. In your prayers today, I would ask that you remember all of these people and give thanks for them and for all that they have meant to you.
Let us pray: O Almighty God, who 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 indescribable joys which you have prepared for those who truly love you: through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
THANK YOU to Jo, Jim, Karen, Joie, Tammie and especially to Stacy and Hugh who fed the adults manning the candy bowl. Children from the neighborhood found a safe place for trick or treat at St. Augustine’s and I’d venture to say that the adults had more fun than the kids.
Please remember everyone on our Prayer List.
Your servant in Christ,
Fr. Chester J. Makowski+St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas 77550