Friday 4th November: The Communion of Saints

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Scripture

“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together” – 1 Corinthians12:26

Reflection

The Church is larger and more alive than we think. Among her members are the living and the dead, individuals known and unknown, great saints and inconspicuous persons. We can help one another even beyond the grave. We can call on our patrons and favourite saints, but also our departed relatives and friends whom we believe are already with God.

As he was dying, St Dominic (founder of the Dominicans) said, “Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death, and I shall help you more effectively than during my life”.

Prayer

Lord, help us to follow in the footsteps of the saints, who have shown us how to serve the Kingdom of God right here on earth. Help us to remember those who are already with you in heaven and help us to pray for those who are still waiting to be with you. May we all be together with you one day in the Communion of Saints.

As we have observed All Saints Day and All Souls Day, let us remember that God unites all his followers, living and dead, in the communion of saints.

Amen.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us

All holy men and women pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.