What is a saint? In the Episcopal Church, we celebrate holy men and women whose extraordinary lives show us examples of how to follow Jesus faithfully. With All Saints’ Day coming up this Sunday, November 1st, please enjoy this kid-friendly video of “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God,” a timeless song that both reminds us to look to those who have come before us and to dedicate our lives as saints of God today!
Look up a saint!
A fun family activity to do this weekend, in honor of All Saints’ Day, is to look up some saints! Do you/your child share a name with a saint? Whose saint day were you born or baptized on? Is there a saint who is the patron of your favorite activity or interest (i.e. music, animals, etc.)?
Here are a few places to go to learn more about the saints:
- Episcopal saints and commemorations (alpha order)
- Episcopal saints and commemorations (by date)
- Catholic Saints
- Book of Common Prayer, Collects for Holy Days, pg. 185 (traditional) or 237 (contemporary)
- Book of Common Prayer, The Common of Saints, pg. 195 (traditional) or 246 (contemporary)
Have a blessed All Saints’ Day!
A Collect for All Saints’ Day
(BCP pg. 245)
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect 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 come 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.