All Souls

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While All Saints day recognises all those who have attained the beatific vision that is the communion of Saints, All Souls Day is for all the souls that have passed on. It is not just a remembrance of the just the saintly, but a remembrance of those fully human complete with human frailties. In that remembrance it is our prayers that help lift these souls towards heaven. If All Saints Day is for the spiritually elite, All Souls Day is for the rest of us commoners who perhaps fumbled with the best of intentions in a fully human life; it is a celebration of that other 99.5%. Perhaps while the Saints Day encourages us to be in communion with the divine, Souls Day is that reminder that we are not divine, but with the help of our fellow sinners we too can be lifted towards that beatific vision.It is a celebration of humanity, and of good human souls, and all these souls are comprised of.

Collect: Listen kindly to our prayers, O Lord, and, as our faith in your Son, raised from the dead, is deepened, so may our hope of resurrection for your departed servants also find new strength. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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