On Sunday, we celebrated All Saints Day, raising up in prayer the names of scores of people who have died but have not been forgotten by family, and loved ones, and friends.
Also, our Rector, Nancy Lee Jose, celebrated her 10th All Saints Day as Rector of St. Thomas’ Parish.
And the day before was the 10th anniversary of the consecration of Gene Robinson, the resident Bishop at St. Thomas’ Parish, as the IX Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire. You may want to read the short note by Susan Russell on the Episcopal Cafe. If you’d like to keep up with Gene’s activities, you might want to follow him on Twitter or on his Facebook page. Or catch him the next time he’s preaching or celebrating the Eucharist at St. Thomas’ Parish.
For now, we celebrate All The Saints — those who have preceded us and those with us still — who strive to live out the church’s vocation as The Body of Christ and the agent of grace, reconciliation, compassion, and justice. In the words of one of my favorite hymns: “I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true, who toiled and fought and lived and died for the Lord they loved and knew. … and one was a soldier, and one was a priest, and one was slain by a fierce wild beast: and there’s not any reason, no, not the least, why I shouldn’t be one too.”