Sunday, November 1, 2015

Litany for the Feast of All Saints

...based on Isaiah 25:6-9; Wisdom 3:1-9; Psalm 24

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
All that surrounds it and all who dwell therein have a home in God.
The Lord has taken chaos and brought forth beauty, creativity, and community.

The bounds of creation extend beyond our imagination.
Science and mathematics spiral out in response to God’s omnipresent expanse.

Who may ascend into the Lord’s presence and who dares to seek God’s holy face?
We believe in rest and peace in God’s light for all who died in the faith.

We dare to claim the same comfort and mercy for those who died in fear, pain or without clarity of heart or mind.
Because grace and mercy are upon God’s holy ones, and God watches over those who have been saved.

Our grief is not in vain because God is faithful and has promised to destroy death- our final enemy.
Our grief is also not false because we do miss those we love, who loved us, and with whom we look forward to reuniting.

Those who have not been named are not forgotten.
They shall receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of their salvation.

Those who rest in the Lord will understand truth.
Those with whom the Lord abides will perceive his loving presence.

God will wipe away all tears, bring healing to the nations, and console those who mourn.
This is most certainly true.

The communion of saints is around us, within us, ahead of us, and beside us. It exists outside of time and place.
This is most certainly true.

We give thanks for those whose faithfulness and love brought light and life to us and to all around them. We are glad to continue their work through the help of the Spirit.
This is most certainly true. Amen.

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