The Feast of All Saints, Observed
As the Feast has precedence of a Sunday, it is observed today in place of Proper 27 (the Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity).
We recall with fondness the texts of our erstwhile Prayer Book lectionary for the day. Since you did not hear them in church this morning, they are offered here for your edification and meditation.
The First Lesson: Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 44:1-10, 13-14
Let us now praise famous men,
and our fathers in their generations.
 The Lord apportioned to them great glory,
his majesty from the beginning.
 There were those who ruled in their kingdoms,
and were men renowned for their power,
giving counsel by their understanding,
and proclaiming prophecies;
 leaders of the people in their deliberations
and in understanding of learning for the people,
wise in their words of instruction;
 those who composed musical tunes,
and set forth verses in writing;
 rich men furnished with resources,
living peaceably in their habitations —
 all these were honored in their generations,
and were the glory of their times.
 There are some of them who have left a name,
so that men declare their praise.
 And there are some who have no memorial,
who have perished as though they had not lived;
they have become as though they had not been born,
and so have their children after them.
 But these were men of mercy,
whose righteous deeds have not been forgotten.
 Their posterity will continue for ever,
and their glory will not be blotted out.
 Their bodies were buried in peace,
and their name lives to all generations.
The Epistle: Revelation 7:2-4,9-17
Then I saw another angel ascend from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea,
 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God upon their foreheads.”
 And I heard the number of the sealed, a hundred and forty-four thousand sealed, out of every tribe of the sons of Israel.
 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,
 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!”
 And all the angels stood round the throne and round the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.”
 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and whence have they come?”
 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
 Therefore are they before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night within his temple;
and he who sits upon the throne will shelter them with his
 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more;
the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat.
 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water;
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Thanks be to God.