30 October                                                                        All Saints' Day

Collect of the Day

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship
in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord:
grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that we may come to those inexpressible joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,


First Reading

Daniel 7.1-3,15-18

1In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in bed. Then he wrote down the dream: 2I, Daniel, saw in my vision by night the four winds of heaven stirring up the great sea, 3and four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another. 

15As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified me. 16I approached one of the attendants to ask him the truth concerning all this. So he said that he would disclose to me the interpretation of the matter: 17‘As for these four great beasts, four kings shall arise out of the earth. 18But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom for ever – for ever and ever.’


Psalm   Psalm 149

Refrain: Sound praises to the Lord, all the earth.

1 Alleluia.  O sing to the Lord a new 

song; sing his praise in the 

congregation of the faithful.

2  Let Israel rejoice in their maker; 

let the children of Zion be joyful in 

their king.  3 Let them praise his 

name in the dance; let them sing 

praise to him with timbrel and lyre.

4  For the Lord has pleasure in his

people and adorns the poor with 

salvation.  5   Let the faithful be 

joyful in glory; let them rejoice in 

their ranks,  6 With the praises of 

God in their mouths and a two-

edged sword in their hands;

7 To execute vengeance on the 

nations and punishment on the 

peoples;  8  To bind their kings in 

chains and their nobles with fetters 

of iron;  9 To execute on them  the 

judgement decreed; such honour 

have all his faithful servants.  Alleluia.

Refrain: Sound praises to the Lord, all the earth.

Glorious and redeeming God, give us hearts to praise you all our days
and wills to reject the world’s deceits, that we may bind the evils of our age and proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Second Reading

Ephesians 1.11-23

11In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. 


Gospel    Luke 6.20-31

20Then Jesus looked up at his disciples and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  21‘Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.  ‘Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
22‘Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. 
24‘But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
25‘Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.  ‘Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.
26‘Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets. 

27‘But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.


Post Communion Prayer

God, the source of all holiness and giver of all good things:
may we who have shared at this table as strangers and pilgrims here on earth be welcomed with all your saints to the heavenly feast on the day of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Daniel 7.1-3,15-18 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Ephesians 1.11-23 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Luke 6.20-31 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Psalm 149 ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000

Collect (All Saints’ Day) ©  The Crown/Cambridge University Press: The Book of Common Prayer (1662)