‘All Saints Day’  Prayers for families in NYC – and for a better path to God’s peace for us all! 

On this All Saints Day, we are startled again by the jarring and horrible news of yesterday’s Halloween attack in NYC.    May we be among those who stand united with the people of New York and with people around the world in mourning the loss of innocent lives, even as our hearts go out to the families of those victims who have died or been injured.   On this day set aside by some in our devotional  family for honoring  those of heartfelt, healthy faith,  may we also pray that any persons motivated by twisted and distorted religious notions, find healing and reformation in their minds and hearts.    In all, may we honor these victims by increasing our commitment to peace, tolerance and mutual  respect.

And, affirming a broad understanding with the apostle Paul, that all persons of faith are ‘saints,’  here is a prayer for All Saints Day modified from the original in Thomas Cranmer’s  Book of Common Prayer centuries ago…

Almighty God, you have knit together your faithful in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son, Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may be your agents of wholeness and peace now, and come in our time to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.  Amen.

Pastor E. Nicholas Van Gombos