“Communion of Saints” by Ira Thomas. COURTESY OF IRA THOMAS
Source & Summit: Solemnity of All Saints
(The faithful) taking part in the Eucharistic sacrifice, which is the source and summit of the whole Christian life, offer the Divine Victim to God, and themselves along with it.
-The Second Vatican Council fathers in Lumen Gentium, #11
Source & Summit is a feature of The Western Kentucky Catholic online, celebrating the National Eucharistic Revival: Year of Parish Revival. Intended to help Catholics of our parishes to probe the riches of our liturgical year and celebrate the liturgy well, the column will always start with the Bible readings for the Mass of the Day to help us reflect on, and help to “unpack” and expand our experiences at liturgy into the domestic church (the home) and the workplace.
Sunday reflections will be based on the Lord’s Day, the Liturgy, the Eucharist, and, occasionally, community.
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Solemnity of All Saints
Revelation 7:2—4, 9—14
Psalm 24: 1bc—6
1 John 3:1—3
The Sermon on the Mount is today’s Gospel, proclaiming the way of the Christian, “and all who have gone before us marked by the sign of faith.” Though Eastern in origin, today’s feast occurs on this day due to Celtic influences. The liturgical theologian Adolf Adam notes that the Mass texts, both scripture and from the Roman Missal, points out that the feast “celebrates not only the canonized saints but all the dead who have reached their fulfillment, and therefore surely our dead relatives and friends as well.”
Today might be a good day to create a personal liturgical calendar, celebrating significant dates commemorating our departed loved ones, those who continue to inspire us by “both strength and good example” (Preface from the Roman Missal for today’s liturgy).
To learn more about the Diocese of Owensboro’s celebration of the National Eucharistic Revival, visit https://owensborodiocese.org/eucharistic-revival/.