November 2018 Letter

All Saints’ Day


All Saints’ Day is a principal feast of Christ and is normally observed when it falls on a Sunday in our church calendar year. This feast is the most comprehensive of the days of commemoration, encompassing the entire scope of that great cloud of witnesses with which we are surrounded (Hebrews 12:1). All Saints’ Day occurs on November 1st, immediately following Reformation Day and All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween) on October 31st, which is why it is so often overlooked by the world and the Church today.


The word “saint” comes from the Latin sanctus, which means “holy.” A “saint” is a believer in Christ who is declared holy because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. The term “saint” applies then to all who believe in Christ. We confess this belief in the 3rd Petition of the Apostle’s Creed—“I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints…” We also refer to the all the saints in heaven when we pray the Proper Preface in the Service of the Sacrament, “Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:”


The Apostle John was given a vision of these saints in in Revelation 7, “9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen." 13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?" 14 I said to him, "Sir, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 "Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."


The purpose of All Saints’ Day is to fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, that we might not grow weary or fainthearted before the day we’re called to join the communion of saints in heaven for all eternity (Hebrews 12:2-3).


November Blessings!


Pastor David A. Feddern