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A prayer for Sunday…In Praise of Saints

I thought I’d be a little contrarian this morning and offer a prayer for All Saints Day instead of Reformation Sunday. Indeed, though, if you read through this prayer, you’ll see that it’s really a prayer in praise of God’s faithful servants who have gone before us, those who remained faithful despite intense persecution, and God glory demonstrated in and through them. To that extent, we can see Reformation Sunday and All Saints Day has having common themes. Let’s celebrate today all those who have gone before, on whose shoulders we stand.

In Praise of Saints

How shining and splendid are your gifts, O Lord
which you give us for our eternal well-being
Your glory shines radiantly in your saints, O God
In the honour and noble victory of the martyrs.
The white-robed company follow you,
bright with their abundant faith;
They scorned the wicked words of those with this world’s power.
For you they sustained fierce beatings, chains, and torments,
they were drained by cruel punishments.
They bore their holy witness to you
who were grounded deep within their hearts;
they were sustained by patience and constancy.
Endowed with your everlasting grace,
may we rejoice forever
with the martyrs in our bright fatherland.
O Christ, in your goodness,
grant to us the gracious heavenly realms of eternal life.