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The Joy of the Feast of All Saints

Updated: Nov 10, 2021

Today the Western Church celebrates the feast of All Saints. Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholics (with the exception of Syro-Malabar Catholics, celebrate All Saints on the first Sunday after Pentecost. (The Syro-Malabar celebration is on the first Friday after Easter.)

There isn't a specific icon for this Western feast, so I usually put out the icon, "To Thee, All Creation Rejoices in Thee, O Virgin Full of Grace" sung in praise of our Blessed Mother.

In this Russian icon traditionally ascribed to the 15th century Muscovite iconographer, Dionysius, the hymn in praise of the Mother of God composed by St. John of Damascus (the figure holding the scroll) is taken up by the angels and saints. The enthroned Mother of God holding Christ Emmanuel is set in the very center of the New Jerusalem, anticipating the day when all will be all in Christ as well as depicting the company of patriarchs and prophets, apostles and martyrs praising and adoring God.

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