WELCOME FROM THE ARCHBISHOP: Welcome to the Tenth Investiture of New Members to the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster. In this liturgy we honour new people who have distinguished themselves in living out their baptismal identity and purpose in an exemplary way through service within their churches, in their broader communities and in the Diocese. While we are not able to gather all those to be inducted into the Order in one liturgy this year, this liturgy has been created so that parishes may induct and honour new members of the Order at the parish level.
I want to thank all those who have contributed to making this important event happen but most of all, thank you, current and new members of the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster. Thank you for your Christ-like faithfulness and your love of the Church. Archbishop Melissa Skelton
All Saints Day: Today’s festival had its origins in the fourth century, when churches in the East began to celebrate “the feast of the martyrs of the whole world” on the Sunday after Pentecost. Several Western churches adopted this festival and kept it on various dates in April or May, but in the early Middle Ages the church of Rome assigned it the much later date of November first and broadened the feast to include all the saints. Western Christendom has followed this custom ever since.
Saints are Christians who in various ways, often against great odds, showed an extraordinary love for Christ. The Holy Spirit acted in their lives so that they chose to bring aid to the needy, justice to the oppressed, hope to the sorrowful, and the divine word of forgiveness to sinners. For the sake of Christ, they were servants to the people of their day; and the service they rendered in the past makes them examples to the rest of the people of God throughout history.
The Church also believes that our life on earth has eternal consequences; and so our remembrance of what the saints were is directed to what they are. It is the Church’s conviction — a conviction often expressed in the Anglican tradition — that the saints continue to be our partners and fellow-servants before the face of God’s glory. We pray for our present needs, and the saints pray with us — not as if their prayers were better than our own, but because they are still bound to us in mutual service as members of the one body of Christ. (For All the Saints, The Anglican Church of Canada)