November, a month of Commemoration
In November there are three significant commemorations:
All Saints’ Day is on the First of November. On this day we give thanks for all Holy People, and especially those whose faith, love and services are known only to God. It is also a day when we recall saints who do not have a special day allocated to them.This day reminds of us of the enormous range of people who have reflected the light of Christ in their lives.
On All Souls Day, the second of November, we pray with thanksgiving for all who have died, praying that we may share in the fullness of Christ’s risen life. The service which we have to commemorate them is called a requiem, from the opening word in Latin, and in English starts with the words “Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord……”
The third is Remembrance Sunday when we pray for all the victims of war, both civilian and uniformed, with a particular focus on the armed forces.
Fr Edward Bundock
The Rectory, West Raynham, NR21 7HH