All Saints and All Souls Day 2017 - As we begin the month of November let us recall all Saints and Souls, who have blessed our lives. Let us give thanks to God for their example of His presence living among us. Let us pray with Jesus as He reminds us of the qualities of holy souls in His Sermon on the Mount. These "Beatitudes" encourage us to live a life of holiness and seek the path of sanctity. He taught in Matthew 5:3-12:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
Lord, thank you for your Saints, both living and deceased, which guide us on our way closer and closer to you.
Lord, remember all faithfully departed Souls in our family, may they rest in peace and behold you face to face for all eternity. Amen
"Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this daily bread our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory now and ever. Amen"