ALL SAINTS – November 1

Greeting

May God who has called us all to be saints
be with you all.

Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

The Feast of All Saints gives us the chance to rejoice with all the men, women and children we have known who have given glory to God and who brought joy into our world. We are comforted by their faith and their prayers; we are challenged by their example. Saintly people remind us that we too are called to holiness.

Lord, you make us holy
by helping us to be gentle and merciful in our dealing with others.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, you make us holy
by helping us to be pure of heart and makers of peace.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, you make us holy
by awakening within us a hunger for what is good and true and right.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Poor in spirit and gentle of heart,
your Son, O God, came to live among us,
that we might hear the words of eternal life,
and see those words made flesh in the way he lived and died.

As we celebrate the witness of all the saints
whose lives were shaped by the Beatitudes,
form us according to Christ’s teaching

that, having shared in the communion of the saints on earth,
we might take our place among them
in the joy of your kingdom.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

                             GENERAL   INTERCESSIONS

 P       The Father has lavished his love on us, so we are the children of God. In union with the saints in heaven and the saints on earth, let us intercede with our Father for all our needs.

CM    Our response is: Lord, hear our prayer.

Please repeat:

  1. For the peoples of every nation and language who look to Jesus as their Lord: pause) that all may live their lives in the light of the beatitudes.  We pray:
  2. For the gentle, the merciful, the peacemakers:  (pause) that they may continue to flourish in our community, so that the love of God may be made manifest in the holiness of their lives.  We pray:
  3. For all those who are suffering persecution because of their faith in Christ. (pause) May they be strengthened by the example and promises of Christ.  We pray:
  4. On the eve of ALL SOULS DAY, we commend to you our friends and relations who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith.  May they rejoice with the communion of saints for ever.  We pray:

[The Presider may add a Petition that is local / relevant]

 P       Lord God, we thank you for the great richness of your love which we see in the lives of the saints. May we always follow their example so that we will one day be able to join them in praising your name forever in paradise. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Compassionate God,
look upon the face of Christ your Son
who gave his life to set us free.

Through him, may your name be praised among all peoples
from North to South,
from East to West,
and everywhere may one sacrifice be offered to give you glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Preface    Sacramentary # 71      or

And now we give you thanks, most gracious God,
surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses
and glorified in the assembly of your saints.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble line of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
We, your holy church, acclaim you.

In communion with angels and archangels,
and with all those who have served you in every age
and worship you now in heaven,
we raise our voice to proclaim your glory,
forever praising you and saying / singing:      Holy, Holy….

Intro to Our Father

In fellowship with the saints, we turn to God and say:

Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil
and grant us peace in our day.
Let us weep with those who mourn,
hunger and thirst with those who seek what is right and just,
as we wait in joyful hope
for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,

‘Blessed are the peacemakers,
they shall be called the children of God.’

Grant Lord, that we will become instruments of your peace
and heralds of your kingdom,
where you live for ever and ever.   AMEN

Sign of Peace

Peacemakers shall be called children of God.
Let us then offer one another a sign of peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus, the Lamb of God,
who promises heaven to those
who try to live according to the values of the gospel.
Blessed, truly blessed
are we who are invited to his banquet today.

Prayer after Communion

Faithful God,
you have refreshed our hope and joy
in this holy meal.
May you continue to bless the meek and the merciful,
those who hunger for justice
and those who are persecuted
because of the name of Jesus your Son,
who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Blessing

God is the glory and joy of all his saints,
whose memory we celebrate today.
May his blessing be with you always.  AMEN.

May the prayers of the saints deliver you from present evil.
May their example of holy living
turn your thoughts to service of God and neighbor.  AMEN.

God’s holy church rejoices
that her saints have reached their heavenly goal,
and are in lasting peace.
May you come to share all the joys of our Father’s house.  AMEN.

And may you rejoice always in the blessing of God,
the Father, +  the Son and the Holy Spirit,  AMEN.

Dismissal

Giving thanks to God
who has called us to share the inheritance of the saints in light,
go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Download printable file here: All Saints – Nov. 1

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