Vigil of the Eve of All Saints’ Day (October 31)   Leave a comment

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I have no problem with Halloween, which is harmless fun, except for too much candy.  I trick-or-treated as a child, and the experience did not corrupt me or inspire me to turn toward Satanism.  So many of my conservative coreligionists need to stop being uptight.

That said, I prefer to emphasize the All Saints’ element of October 31.  And I encourage you to do so, also.



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.

Authorized readings include:

Genesis 12:1-8

Daniel 6:1-23

1 Maccabees 2:49-64

2 Maccabees 6:1-2, 7:1-23

Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 44:1-10, 13-14

Hebrews 11:32-12:2

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-17

Matthew 5:1-12 or Matthew 11:27-30 or Matthew 28:1-10, 16-20


Posted September 4, 2009 by neatnik2009 in October

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