Presider’s Page for Fri. 1 November (All Saints Day)
Opening Comment Today and tomorrow we remember all the dead, those in heaven and those still be on the way there: God alone knows where each soul is. Today’s feast celebrates the saints in heaven, the holy men and women of every time and place: we hope some of our people are among them.
Penitential Rite: As we prepare ourselves to offer our praise with the saints, let us call to mind our sins: (pause) Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations into the peace of God’s kingdom … You come in word and sacrament to strengthen us in holiness … You will come in glory with salvation for your people: Lord, have mercy.
Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Apocalypse 7:2-4, 9-14 — This was written to reassure Christians suffering during Nero’s persecution. Christians today are marked as they were, through baptism, and promised God’s protection.
1 John 3:1-3 — St John assures us of God’s love and the hope for the future that comes with it.
Matthew 5:1-12 — The Gospel lists the kinds of people to whom the kingdom of heaven already belongs.
The General Intercessions (samples)
Introduction (by the Presider) Let us bring our prayers to God, who created the earth and its fullness.
- For all the baptised, that they may enter the company of the saints. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For people of every nation, language and way of life, that they may work to rid this world of hatred and injustice. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For those whose lives are plagued by doubt and despair, that they may be supported by fellow pilgrims on the road to their eternal home. (Pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For all the sick, particularly those who feel that death is near, that their friends who have already reached heaven may encourage them. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
The Presider prays for the dead: For all who have gone before us in faith, that they may stand with the saints before the throne of the Lamb. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) God of heaven and earth, you reward those with clean hands and pure hearts: In our unworthiness we bring our prayers to you, through Christ our Lord.