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All Soul's Day / All Hallows' Eve, 31st October

Le Jour des Morts, William Adolphe Bouguereau, 1859

Liturgy of Saint James, adapted

Sanctify, O Lord,
our souls, minds, and bodies.
Touch our minds
and search out our consciences.
Cast out from us every evil thought,
Every impure idea,
every base desire and memory,
Every unseemly word,
all envy, pride and hypocrisy,
Every lie, every deceit,
every worldly temptation,
All greed, all vainglory,
all wickedness, all wrath,
All anger, all malice,
all blasphemy, and all sloth,
Every movement of flesh and spirit
That is alien to the will of your holiness.
And enable us to turn to You,
Master, Lord who loves humankind,
To call upon you
with boldness and without condemnation,
With a pure heart, a contrite soul,
a face unashamed,
and with lips that are sanctified. Amen

The night before All Saints' Day (All Hallows' Day). Its origins date back over 2000 years to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It was celebrated as a Christian festival by the 8th Century.

In old English the word 'Hallow' meant 'sanctify'. In Ireland the festival was known as Samhein, or La Samon, the Feast of the Sun. In Scotland, the celebration was known as Hallowe'en. In Welsh it's Nos Galen-gaeof (that is, the Night of the Winter Calends).

Halloween Day celebration owes its origin to the ancient (pre-Christian) Druidic fire festival called "Samhain", celebrated by the Celts in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Samhain is pronounced "sow-in", with "sow" rhyming with cow.

In Ireland the festival was known as Samhein, or La Samon, the Feast of the Sun. In Scotland, the celebration was known as Hallowe'en. In Welsh it's Nos Galen-gaeof (that is, the Night of the Winter Calends).

The Romans observed the holiday of Feralia, intended to give rest and peace to the departed. Participants made sacrifices in honor of the dead, offered up prayers for them, and made oblations to them.

All Hallowtide, the feast of the dead in Pagan and Christian times, signalizing the close of harvest and the initiation of the winter season, lasting till May, during which troops (esp. the Fiann) were quartered. Faeries were imagined as particularly active at this season. From it the half year is reckoned. also called Feile Moingfinne (Snow Goddess).(1) The Scottish Gaelis Dictionary defines it as "Hallowtide. The Feast of All Soula. Sam + Fuin = end of summer."

The Celtic Gods of the dead were Gwynn ap Nudd for the British, and Arawn for the Welsh. The Irish did not have a "lord of death" as such. Thus most of the customs connected with the Day are remnants of the ancient religious beliefs and rituals, first of the Druids and then transcended amongst the Roman Christians.

Based upon the Roman Catholic and High Protestant Liturgical Calendars, the Celebrations paralleled Hallowe'en (All Hallows eve, or All Souls Day) in which evil spirits were warded off, and "All Saints Day" a Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church. The two days in the liturgical calendar bear a 'hell and heaven' 'death and resurrection' connotation.
Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar

All Saints Day, 1st November

Christ Glorified in the Court of Heaven, Fra Angelico Guido di Pietro

From the Gothic Missal

Almighty and Everlasting God,
who dost enkindle the flame of Thy love in the hearts of the saints,
grant unto us the same faith and power of love;
that, as we rejoice in their triumphs
we may profit by their examples, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Litany of the Saints

Lord, have mercy on us. (Lord have mercy on us)
Christ, have mercy on us. (Christ have mercy on us)
Lord, have mercy on us. (Lord, have mercy on us)
Christ, hear us. (Christ, hear us)
Christ, graciously hear us. (Christ, graciously hear us)
God the Father of heaven, (have mercy on us)
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, (have mercy on us)
God the Holy Spirit, (have mercy on us.)
Holy Trinity, one God, (have mercy on us)
Holy Mary, Holy Mother of God, (pray for us*)
Holy Virgin of virgins,
St. Michael,
St. Gabriel,
St. Raphael,
All you holy Angels and Archangels,
All you holy orders of blessed Spirits,
St. John the Baptist,
St. Joseph,
All you holy Patriarchs and Prophets,
St. Peter,
St. Paul,
St. Andrew,
St. James,
St. John,
St. Thomas,
St. James,
St. Philip,
St. Bartholomew,
St. Matthew,
St. Simon,
St. Thaddeus,
St. Matthias,
St. Barnabas,
St. Luke,
St. Mark,
All you holy Apostles and Evangelists,
All you holy Disciples of the Lord,
All you holy Innocents,
St. Stephen,
St. Lawrence,
St. Vincent,
SS. Fabian and Sebastian,
SS. John and Paul,
SS. Cosmas and Damian,
SS. Gervase and Protase,
All you holy Martyrs,
St. Sylvester,
St. Gregory,
St. Ambrose,
St. Augustine,
St. Jerome,
St. Martin,
St. Nicholas,
All you holy Bishops and Confessors,
All you holy Doctors,
St. Anthony,
St. Benedict,
St. Bernard,
St. Dominic,
St. Francis,
All you holy Priests and Levites,
All you holy Monks and Hermits,
St. Mary Magdalen,
St. Agatha,
St. Lucy,
St. Agnes,
St. Cecilia,
St. Catherine,
St. Anastasia,
All you holy Virgins and Widows,
All you holy Saints of God, (make intercession for us.)
Be merciful, (spare us, O Lord.)
Be merciful, (graciously hear us, O Lord.)
From all evil, O Lord (deliver us*)
From all sin,
From Your wrath,
From sudden and unlooked for death,
From the snares of the devil,
From anger, and hatred, and every evil will,
From the spirit of fornication,
From lightning and tempest,
From the scourge of earthquakes,
From plague, famine and war,
From everlasting death,
Through the mystery of Your holy Incarnation,
Through Your Coming,
Through Your Birth,
Through Your Baptism and holy Fasting,
Through Your Cross and Passion,
Through Your Death and Burial,
Through Your holy Resurrection,
Through Your admirable Ascension,
Through the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
In the day of judgment.
We sinners, (We implore you to hear us*)
That You would spare us,
That You would pardon us,
That You would bring us to true penance,
That You would vouchsafe to govern and preserve Your holy Church,
That You would vouchsafe to preserve our Apostolic Prelate,
and all orders of the Church in holy religion,
That You would vouchsafe to humble the enemies of holy Church,
That You would vouchsafe to give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes,
That You would vouchsafe to grant peace and unity to the whole Christian world,
That You would call back to the unity of the Church all who have
strayed from her fold, and to guide all unbelievers into the light of the Gospel,
That You would vouchsafe to confirm and preserve us in Your holy service,
That You would lift up our minds to heavenly desires,
That You would render eternal blessings to all our benefactors,
That You would deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren,
relations, and benefactors, from eternal damnation,
That You would vouchsafe to give and preserve the fruits of the earth,
That You would vouchsafe to grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed,
That You would vouchsafe graciously to hear us,
Son of God,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us, O Lord.)
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us.)
Christ, (hear us)
Christ, (graciously hear us)
Lord, have mercy, (Lord, have mercy)
Christ, have mercy, (Christ, have mercy)
Lord, have mercy, (Lord, have mercy)
Finally say the Lord's Prayer inaudibly.

Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar

Birth of Baha'u'llah, 12th November

Bahá'u'lláh (1817-1892), Founder of the Bahá'í Faith

The well-known Cambridge University Orientalist Edward Granville Browne described Bahá'u'lláh as "The face of him on whom I gazed I can never forget, though I cannot describe it. Those piercing eyes seemed to read one's very soul; power and authority sat on that ample brow.... No need to ask in whose presence I stood, as I bowed myself before one who is the object of a devotion and love which kings might envy and emperors sigh for in vain!" (1890)

Bahá'u'lláh had, at that time, been a prisoner and an exile for almost 40 years and His teachings were shrouded in obscurity; today He is recognized by millions of followers around the world as the Manifestation of God or Divine Teacher for this age. According to Bahá'í belief, Manifestations of God, including Moses, Abraham, Christ, Muhammad, Krishna, and Buddha, have appeared at intervals throughout history to found the world's great religious systems. They have been sent by a loving Creator to enable us to know and to worship Him and to bring human civilization to ever higher levels of achievement.

The station of these Manifestations is unique in creation. Their essential nature is twofold: they are at once human and divine. But they are not identical with God , the Creator, Who is Unknowable. Of God, Bahá'u'lláh has written, "He, in truth, hath, throughout eternity, been one in His Essence, one in His attributes, one in His works. Any and every comparison is applicable only to His creatures, and all conceptions of association are conceptions that belong solely to those that serve Him. Immeasurably exalted is His Essence above the descriptions of His creatures. He, alone, occupieth the Seat of transcendent majesty, of supreme and inaccessible glory. The birds of men's hearts, however high they soar, can never hope to attain the heights of His unknowable Essence. It is He Who hath called into being the whole of creation, Who hath caused every created thing to spring forth at His behest." (Bahá'u'lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, 2d rev. ed. (Wilmette: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1976), p. 193)

Furthermore, Bahá'u'lláh, addressing God in a prayer, says:
"Exalted, immeasurably exalted art Thou above any attempt to measure the greatness of Thy Cause, above any comparison that one may seek to make, above the efforts of the human tongue to utter its import! From everlasting Thou hast existed, alone with no one else beside Thee, and wilt, to everlasting, continue to remain the same, in the sublimity of Thine essence and the inaccessible heights of Thy glory."

"And when Thou didst purpose to make Thyself known unto men, Thou didst successively reveal the Manifestations of Thy Cause, and ordained each to be a sign of Thy Revelation among Thy people, and the Day-Spring of Thine invisible Self amidst Thy creatures...." (Bahá'u'lláh, Prayers and Meditations of Bahá'u'lláh (Wilmette: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1938, p. 128)
Ref: BBC Interfaith Calendar

Happy Thanksgiving to All! November 23, 2017

One prayer is thanksgiving to God for His great goodness, for all that we receive in our life; asking God for His mercy and favor and forgiveness; asking God to grant the desires and wishes that we have. That is the first prayer. This is the first lesson that man has to learn. The other kinds of prayer can only be used as man develops. (Hazrat Inayat Khan, The Unity of Religious Ideals, The Effect of Prayer, Ways of Prayer)

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