All Saints Day is celebrated by dozens of Christian traditions in many countries around the world. Each different area has its own flavor, but most All Saints’ Day celebrations include some recognition of Christians who have recently passed away. For some, this means a special prayer and moment of silence in Sunday’s service,while others have a family picnic at their loved one’s graves.
“For All the Saints” by William Walsham How is the unofficial theme song for this day. Those living in the church today are known as the “church militant,” still fighting the evil one, while the dead saints are known as the “Church triumphant,” their fight over. Pretty cool, huh? Here are a couple of verses:
Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light.
O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
And win with them the victor’s crown of gold.
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14