Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Commemoration of the Faithful Departed
This is a day that few of us in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod pay much notice to. Maybe it's too "catholic" sounding, maybe it's just weird for us, who knows. But I think it's a wonderful celebration in the church year.
It is on this day that we give thanks to God for His faithfulness in leading His people to their eternal home. The focus in on GOD’S work, not the work of any saint. We give thanks to God for sending Christ so that we can be saved through Him and faithfully carrying His people to their eternal home in heaven.
So, today give extra thanks to God for His faithfulness, thank Him for the gift of faith that He works in us, thank Him for using His people over the ages to spread the Gospel of Christ.
Collect for Commemoration of the Faithful Departed
Almighty God, in whose glorious presence live all who depart in the Lord and before whom all the souls of the faithful who are delivered of the burden of the flesh are in joy and felicity, we give you hearty thanks for your loving-kindness to all your servants who have finished their course in faith and now rest from their labors, and we humbly implore your mercy that we, together with all who have departed in the saving faith, may have our perfect consummation and bliss, in both body and soul, in your eternal and everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen