What is “All Saints’ Day”?
All Saints’ Day is the day during the Church Year that we celebrate, remember and honor all of those who have died with faith in Jesus and are now with Him in heaven.
Why do we celebrate All Saints’ Day?
The word “saint” comes from the Latin word sanctus which means “holy” or “sacred.” Saints are God’s holy people. We thank God for the saints who have gone before us because of their great example of faith and God’s great mercy in their lives!
Do you have to die to be a saint?
No way! All of God’s faithful people are His saints! We were washed clean of our sins at our Baptism and made holy before God. That’s what it means when we hear God’s Word say: “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14). Isn’t it great to know that it is not what we have done that makes us a saint, but what Jesus has done for us through His death and resurrection? He gives all of this to us through Baptism. He is the one who makes us a saint!
Talk to your children about those in your own family who have died in the faith. Explain that they are now with Jesus in heaven. Remind them that this is a fulfillment of God’s promises at our Baptism.