Harwich Peninsula Churches

Understanding the Christian Year: All Saints to Advent


During November, we are in the season of ‘All Saints to Advent’ and during this time we worship through the important themes of ‘All Saints Day’ ‘Remembrance Sunday’ and ‘Christ the King.’

No Christian is alone. Through baptism we become members one of another in Christ, members of a company of saints whose mutual belonging transcends death.

All Saints Day, 1st November, (transferred to Sunday 4th) celebrates men and women in whose lives the Church as a whole has seen the grace of God powerfully at work. It is an opportunity to give thanks for that grace, and for the wonderful ends to which it shapes a human life; it is a time to be encouraged by the example of the saints and to remember that holiness may grow in the ordinary circumstances as well as the crises of all human life. We pay tribute to those Christians who have suffered for their faith and for their example of self-sacrifice.

Although we know that God’s salvation in Christ is complete and nothing more can be done, yet we still wait for the final consummation of God’s new creation in Christ. All of us, alive and dead, await God’s kingdom to be fully revealed in all its fullness.

Remembrance Sunday, 11th November, explores the theme of shared and individual memory, as we confront issues of war and peace, loss and self-sacrifice, and make our commitment to peace.

The season ends on 25th November with the Feast of ‘Christ the King’ when we proclaim he is King and Lord of earth and heaven. In terms of the church’s year, this marks the final Sunday and the following Sunday, Advent Sunday, is the first Sunday of the new church year.

How can we respond in prayer and worship during this time?

Follow up the Sunday readings at home each week

Ask for God to give us new insight into that wonderful sense of ‘belonging’ one with another, living and departed

Pray for God’s kingdom and rule to come in the world, his church and our hearts.

Read about the lives of well-known saints and how we can learn from them.