Nov. 1: Solemnity of All Saints

Fra Angelico, Christ Glorified in the Court of Heaven (detail), National Gallery, London, 1428-30

Readings for Mass
First Reading: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
Responsorial Psalm: 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Second Reading: First John 3:1-3
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12

‘Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb (NRSV, Revelation: 7:10b)!’

Let us pray.

Father, we are all your saints because we live in your divine life which you freely share with us. May we overcome the selfishness and sin which still distracts so many of us from the great destiny to which you call us. May we be inspired by the sanctity of those who have gone before that, in response to your grace, we may live like them and eventually join them to sing your praises in the court of heaven. May we, who still journey along the way, encourage one another that we may not slip and fall and, when we do, help each other in the power of your Spirit to begin again.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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