In the early church “All Saints“ was celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. So “All Saints“ was understood as an Epiphany of Pentecost. The Saints are fruits of the Holy Spirit, of his work of incarnation which is described by Teilhard de Chardin. This can be seen as an introduction into the meditation of the Beatitudes: “You can only convert that which you love: if a Christian is not in complete sympathy with the emerging world – if he is not in touch with the aspirations and anxieties of the modern world – if he does not allow to grow within himself a sense of humanity in all its diverse manifestations – he will never realize the liberating synthesis between Heaven and Earth from which proceeds the parousia of the Universal Christ. Rather, he will continue to fear and condemn almost indiscriminately all novelty, without discerning amongst the grime and the evils, the sacred efforts of a new birth. To be submerged into, to emerge and rise up. To participate in order to elevate. It is the very law at the heart of the Incarnation.”
Almighty ever-living God,
by whose gift we venerate in one celebration
the merits of all the Saints,
bestow on us, we pray,
through the prayers of so many intercessors,
an abundance of the reconciliation with you
for which we earnestly long.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.