Bulletin Shorts for the Solemnity of All Saints and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

All Saints, Solemnity – Tuesday, 01 November 2022 

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14.  Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6.  1 John 3:1-3.  Matthew 5:1-12a.

Do We Stand Among the Saints?  Saintly, holy behavior is described in the gospel beatitudes today.  The Second Letter of Saint John tells us, “we are God’s holy children now.”  We do not have to wait to be dead to be holy.  Pope Francis wrote to us on holiness – Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate on the Call to Holiness in Today’s World.  He urges us to be holy ourselves (it is possible) and to look for the saint next door (they do exist).

  • What holiness will I seek out in those I see today?

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – Wednesday, 02 November 2022

Each community chooses from the list of 31 readings.  Here is one to start:  Romans 14:7-12.

Why Pray for the Dead?  Because those who have died are on the last journey to God, we pray to help them on the way.  We hope that others will pray for us when it is our turn for that final journey.

  • For whom will I pray today?

Use this prayer card to be ever mindful of the Works of Mercy.

Prayer Card - The Works of Mercy

This post was first published on the worship pages of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois website.
Sunday Prayer Shaping Life and Belief
Written by Eliot Kapitan.
Permission is given to use, reprint, and distribute these bulletin shorts in any way you find helpful for your community.
Image credit: Photo by Dakota Roos on Unsplash.

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