Church & Secular Holidays

Ways to remember the lives and work of church saints

Original artwork, "The Communion of the Saints, for All Saints" by Ira Thomas / www.catholicworldart.com. Courtesy Ira Thomas.
Original artwork, "The Communion of the Saints, for All Saints" by Ira Thomas / www.catholicworldart.com. Courtesy Ira Thomas.

Historically, the Church has confessed a belief in the "communion of the saints," which includes not only all living believers, but also all who have gone before us. When we celebrate Holy Communion, we experience the communion of saints, feasting with believers past, present and future. The author of Hebrews 12 reminds us that these saints, a “great cloud of witnesses,” surrounds us and cheers us on.

On All Saints Day, United Methodists publicly remember and honor those who have passed away. Celebrated on the first Sunday in November, many congregations light candles, ring bells of remembrance, and call the names of those lost in the previous year as a way of honoring the impact their lives have had on us. 

Below you will find ideas and worship resources to help you honor the saints of your congregation on this day.