And a Blessed All Hallows Eve to one and all! Yes, it’s commonly known as Halloween and I’ve no need or desire to change or challenge that. It’s one of my fav holidays. But it’s a few more “Eves”, as well.
Happy Reformation Day! This is the day in 1517 when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg Church Door … 95 academic propositions that he wished to debate regarding indulgences, grace, faith and forgiveness … among other things.
Finally, A Blessed All Hallows Eve to you, too! The eve of All Saints Days, when we remember the blessed saints (the hallowed) who have died, especially but not exclusively in this past year.
Since Trick or Treat is looking a little on the shaky side this year and since many of us are in some sort of lockdown, shutdown, or just plain fearful of venturing out door to door – and rightly so – I thought we might try a short liturgy, or prayer service, of remembrance. A way to get in touch with each other, fondly remember those who have died in the Lord, and take comfort, courage, and hope from each other in these difficult times.
So, as mentioned elsewhere, here is the liturgy for All Hallows Eve, this evening, the 31st of October, in the year of our Lord 2020.
I look forward to seeing you on our FaceBook page: Christ Lutheran Church of Mililani @ 7:30pm this evening.
Service for All Hallows’ Eve
This service may be used on the evening of October 31, known as All Hallows’ Eve.
The church is dark, or partially so, when the service is to begin.
The Officiant greets the people with these words.
|Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord.|
|People||Thanks be to God.|
If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light
around me turn to night,” darkness is not dark to you, O
Lord; the night is as bright as the day; darkness and light to
you are both alike. Psalm 139:10-11
The Officiant then says the Prayer for Light, using the
Let us pray.
Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord; and by thy
great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this
night; for the love of thy only Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Prayer for Festivals of Saints
Lord Christ, your saints have been the lights of the world
in every generation: Grant that we who follow in their
footsteps may be made worthy to enter with them into that
heavenly country where you live and reign for ever and ever.
The candles are now lighted, as are other candles and lamps
as may be convenient.
The following hymn, or a metrical version of it, or some other hymn,
is then sung
O Gracious Light (Phos hilaron)
O gracious light,
pure brightness of the ever-living Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.
The Vision of Eliphaz the Temanite
Let us pray. (Silence)
You, O Lord, have made us from the dust of the earth and to dust our bodies shall return; yet you have also breathed your Spirit upon us and called us to new life in you: Have mercy upon us, now and at the hour of our death; through Jesus Christ, our mediator and advocate. Amen.
The War in Heaven
Let us pray. (Silence)
O most merciful and mighty God, your son Jesus Christ was born of the Blessed Virgin Mary to bring us salvation and to establish your kingdom on earth: Grant that Michael and all your angels may defend your people against Satan and every evil foe, and that at the last we may come to that heavenly country where your saints for ever sing your praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A homily, sermon, or instruction may follow the Readings.
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.
The Collect of All Saints’ Day
Let us pray. (Silence)
Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one
communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son
Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those
ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love
you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy
Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy.
The Lord look upon you with favor and ☩ give you peace.