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All Saints – 31st October 2012, eve, Wednesday
Today the Church celebrates all the saints: canonized or beatified, and the multitude of those who are in heaven enjoying the beatific vision that are only known to God. During the early centuries the Saints venerated by the Church were all martyrs. Later on the Popes set November 1 as the day for commemorating all the Saints. We all have this “universal call to holiness.” What must we to do in order to join the company of the saints in heaven? We “must follow in His footsteps and conform [our]selves to His image seeking the will of the Father in all things. [We] must devote [our]selves with all [our] being to the glory of God and the service of [our] neighbor. In this way, the holiness of the People of God will grow into an abundant harvest of good, as is admirably shown by the life of so many saints in Church history” (Lumen Gentium, 40).
Theme: Glory, Mystical Body, Community, Holiness, Mystery
Entrance antiphon: Let us all rejoice in the Lord, as we celebrate the feast day in honor of all the Saints, at whose festival the Angels rejoice and praise the Son of God
1st Reading: Revelations 7:2-4 The author of the Book of Revelation had a vision that reaffirmed the belief that all who remain faithful to the Lamb of God receive fulfillment and glory after their trial
Responsorial psalm: 23 Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord
2nd Reading: 1 John 3:1-3 John exhorted his brothers and sisters, God’s children in the faith, to place their hope in the light of the world and in that way to keep themselves pure.
Gospel acclamation: Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
Gospel: Matthew 11:28 Jesus offered the beatitudes as the charter of the heavenly reign. The poor in spirit, the sorrowing, the lowly, the peacemakers – all these receive God’s love.
Communion antiphon: Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
E: Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones
P: Be Not Afraid
C: Blest Are They
T: God We Praise You
R: In The Day of The Lord