All Saints Sunday 2021
Here are the resources for All Saints Sunday 2021 from God With Us Online. These resources are meant for you to have a deeper understanding of sacred Scripture and the theological tradition of the Melkite Church.
… the Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the memory of all the Saints who ever lived throughout the world: in Asia, Africa, Europe and the northern and western lands. I praise all the friends of my Lord and God, desiring to be admitted one day into their great number. If anyone is able, let him make mention of them all! (The Synaxarion for All Saints)
The Sunday following the Great Feast of Pentecost the Greek Church celebrates the saints. In comparison, the Latin Church celebrates All Saints on November 2.
The Sunday of All Saints is a liturgical commemoration of all of the Saints: the Righteous, Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Monks and Nuns, both men and women, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints from Adam and Eve until the end of time, who have been perfected by the Holy Spirit in His Seven Gifts and have glorified God by their holy lives.
The accent of today’s Liturgy is the commemoration of the unknown saints, those who get no recognition by the Church’s liturgical calendar (synaxarion). Some liturgical theologians will call this feast a harvest of the coming of the Holy Spirit as it is placed after Pentecost Sunday. The action of the Holy Spirit in the world is the grace operating in the lives of men and women coming into relationship with the Divine Presence (The Holy Trinity); the Holy Spirit gives us the grace to bear fruit for Christ and the Church by being that “Grain of wheat that fell into the earth and died” (John 12:24). The Saints are “the foundation of the Church, the perfection of the Gospel, they who fulfilled in deed the sayings of the Savior” (Sunday of All Saints, Doxastikon of Vespers).