My birthday follows Halloween and falls on All Saints Day. That morning we went to church to celebrate the Communion of Saints with the tiny teeny congregation at St. Thomas Episcopal Church and with the Reverend Louise from Louisville. It’s clear from her sermon that she is passionate about Saints.
The Anglican tradition inherits its liturgy from the Catholic Church. We don’t focus our worship rituals on the Virgin Mary or pray vigorously to the Saints as the Catholics do. But we are very aware of the Saints in the history of Christianity and deeply admire their bravery and righteousness. Our Father Brent from Christ Church actually said once that any one of us is capable of carrying out Saintly acts in our daily lives.
In her sermon, the Reverend Louise talked about how much pain, suffering and humiliation Christ and the Saints had endured before dying for noble causes. She talked about how the martyrs all welcomed death gladly and rose up to the heaven to be with God, Christ and other Saints. She said the souls of Saints are everywhere and were with us right there in the Sanctuary. She also talked about how their righteous souls will burst forth into millions of sparkling stars like a cosmic firework at the ending time. Such an interesting vision!!! She seems to be a brave soul herself.
We captured these wonderful moments of sunset on our drive back to Campbellsville from White Moon Winery in Lebanon. We went there for a wine tasting on occasion of my birthday. We have never done wine tasting before so we thought we would gain a new experience as a way to celebrate.
We were actually going off into the sunset as four amigos.
Later in the day, David and Jacob made dinner and dessert. They made a tasty rice crispy treat. We ended our special day by doing indoor camping–sleeping in our sleeping bags on the floor of the living room after telling campfire stories. Out attempt at camping didn’t totally succeed as Jacob was quick to go to his comfy bed after some time. However, trying was fun!