Liturgy Planning

November 1: All Saints

November 1, 2022

Year ABC - Lectionary [667]

First Reading

Apocalypse 7:2-4,9-14 | I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language

I, John, saw another angel rising where the sun rises, carrying the seal of the living God; he called in a powerful voice to the four angels whose duty was to devastate land and sea, ‘Wait before you do any damage on land or at sea or to the trees, until we have put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.’ Then I heard how many were sealed: a hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel.

  After that I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language; they were standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands. They shouted aloud, ‘Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ And all the angels who were standing in a circle round the throne, surrounding the elders and the four animals, prostrated themselves before the throne, and touched the ground with their foreheads, worshipping God with these words, ‘Amen. Praise and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and strength to our God for ever and ever. Amen.’

  One of the elders then spoke, and asked me, ‘Do you know who these people are, dressed in white robes, and where they have come from?’ I answered him, ‘You can tell me, my lord.’ Then he said, ‘These are the people who have been through the great persecution, and they have washed their robes white again in the blood of the Lamb.’


Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 | Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord.

  The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,

  the world and all its peoples.

  It is he who set it on the seas;

  on the waters he made it firm.

Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord.

  Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?

  Who shall stand in his holy place?

  The man with clean hands and pure heart,

  who desires not worthless things.

Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord.

  He shall receive blessings from the Lord

  and reward from the God who saves him.

  Such are the men who seek him,

  seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord.

Second Reading

1 John 3:1-3 | We shall be like God because we shall see him as he really is

Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us,

  by letting us be called God’s children;

  and that is what we are.

Because the world refused to acknowledge him,

  therefore it does not acknowledge us.

My dear people, we are already the children of God

  but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed;

all we know is, that when it is revealed

  we shall be like him

  because we shall see him as he really is.

Surely everyone who entertains this hope

  must purify himself, must try to be as pure as Christ.

Gospel Acclamation

Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest, says the Lord. | Matthew 11:28


Matthew 5:1-12a | How happy are the poor in spirit

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:

‘How happy are the poor in spirit;

  theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Happy the gentle:

  they shall have the earth for their heritage.

Happy those who mourn:

  they shall be comforted.

Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right:

  they shall be satisfied.

Happy the merciful:

  they shall have mercy shown them.

Happy the pure in heart:

  they shall see God.

Happy the peacemakers:

  they shall be called sons of God.

Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right:

  theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

‘Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.’

'Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers'


Center of My Life
Composer: Inwood, Paul
Text: Inwood, Paul
Publisher: OCP
Psalm 118: Let Us Rejoice
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Psalm 24: We Long to See Your Face
Composer: Keil, Kevin
Publisher: GIA

Hymns & Songs

Be Not Afraid
Composer: Dufford SJ, Bob
Text: Dufford SJ, Bob
Publisher: OCP
By All Your Saints Still Striving
Text: Nelson, Horatio
Publisher: GIA
Christ, Our Light
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Psalm 24
For All the Saints
Text: How, William W.
Publisher: GIA
Gather Us In
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Here I Am, Lord
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: OCP
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
Text: Franz, Ignam
Holy, Holy, Holy
Text: Heber, Reginald
Jesu, Jesu
Composer: Ghana Folk Song
Text: Ghana Folk Song
Litany of the Saints
Composer: Becker, John D.
Text: Litany of the Saints
Publisher: OCP
O God, Our Help in Ages Past
Text: Watts, Isaac
Publisher: WLP
O Radiant Light
Text: Phos Hilaron
Psalm 23: Come You Blest of My Father
Composer: Bower, Calvin M.
Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
Composer: Traditional Welsh folk melody
Text: Westendorf, Omer
Publisher: WLP
Shall We Gather at the River
Composer: Lowry, Robert
Text: Lowry, Robert
Sing With All the Saints in Glory
Text: Irons, William J.
Sing to the Mountains
Composer: Dufford SJ, Bob
Text: Dufford SJ, Bob
Publisher: OCP
We Are the Light of the World
Composer: Greif, Jean A.
Text: Greif, Jean A.
We Shall Rise Again
Composer: Young, Jeremy
Text: Young, Jeremy
Publisher: GIA