The Octave of All Saints

Hi Everyone,

Did you remember?  The Octave of All Saints lasts until November 8th.

In the Western church tradition, the celebration of some major feast days begins a full eight day observance  (an octave) of the themes and emphases of that day. This is so their meaning and significance may be pondered and appreciated to their full extent.  Along with All Saints, other Octaves celebrated by the Church include: the Octave of Easter, of Pentecost, of Epiphany, of Christmas, and of Ascension. You’ll notice that your Ordo Calendars (If you don’t have one, you should! Click here for details on ordering your calendar) mark these days “Of the Octave”.  On every day of an Octave, the Collect of the Day is to be said.  Here is the Collect for All Saints (found on page 272 of the REC Prayer Book)

“Almighty God,
who hast knit together thine elect
in one communion and fellowship
in the mystical body of Thy Son, Christ our Lord:
Give us grace so to follow Thy blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living,
that we may come
to those ineffable joys
that thou hast prepared for those
who unfeignedly love thee;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord,
who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth,
one God, in glory everlasting. Amen”

You might also take time to read about various lives of the saints (your Ordo Calendar is a good source for Anglican saints), sing some of the other saint songs found in your Hymnal, and ponder the rich heritage and foundation given to us by them.  We will be singing saint songs and I will be giving a brief homily at Evening Prayer this Wednesday on the “great cloud of witnesses” of which we are a part.

If you wish to read more about Octaves click here:  More about Octaves.

May God richly bless you in your observations of the All Saints Octave.

Fr. Wayne

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