Thank you, Lord, for the Saints and for the opportunity to become Saints ourselves!
St. Philip the Apostle, pray for us!
“The church in this great festival honours all the saints reigning together in glory; first, to give thanks to God for the graces and crowns of all his elect: secondly, to excite ourselves to a fervent imitation of their virtues by considering the holy example of so many faithful servants of God of all ages, sexes, and conditions, and by contemplating the inexpressible and eternal bliss which they already enjoy, and to which we are invited: thirdly, to implore the divine mercy through this multitude of powerful intercessors: fourthly, to repair any failures or sloth in not having duly honoured God in his saints on their particular festivals, and to glorify him in the saints which are unknown to us, or for which no particular festivals are appointed….”(Taken from Vol. III of “The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs and Other Principal Saints” by Rev. Alban Butler.)
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All the angels and saints in Heaven, pray for us and for our country, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ! May the hearts of this world burn with love for God!