Tim Parker

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

For all the Saints?

Today, as it happens is all saints day. A day in which, as the prayer book collect reminds us, we thank God that he “hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy son Christ our Lord” and we pray that God will “Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed saints in all virtuous and Godly living, that we may come to those unspeakably joys, which though has prepared for them that unfailingly love thee; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.”

All well and Good: thanking God for the salvation of those who have gone before us in faith and asking that we to might do the same.

However as I was looking through my church diary I noticed that tomorrow is all souls day, a day on which we are to commemorate the faithfully departed… This seemed to me to be somewhat redundant. Given a reformed and Anglican understanding of saints as all of God’s elect, then the faithfully departed have already been remembered the day before.

Maybe I should just settle for the standard evangelical practice these days of just ignoring both…


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