For those on the Catholic liturgical calendar, today is the Solemnity of All Saints. Happy All Saints Day! I leave you with this prayer in praise of the Saints, from an anonymous 10th century Christian:
How shining and splendid are your gifts, O Lord
which you give us for our eternal well-being.
Your glory shines radiantly in your saints, O God
In the honour and noble victory of the martyrs.
The white-robed company follow you,
bright with their abundant faith;
They scorned the wicked words of those with this world’s power.
For you they sustained fierce beatings, chains, and torments,
they were drained by cruel punishments.
They bore their holy witness to you
who were grounded deep within their hearts;
they were sustained by patience and constancy.
Endowed with your everlasting grace,
may we rejoice forever
with the martyrs in our bright fatherland.
O Christ, in your goodness,
grant to us the gracious heavenly realms of eternal life.
From All Saints Day Prayers