All Saints Day 2023: How We Celebrate at St. Agnes

St. Agnes Academy
St. Agnes celebrates all Holy Days of Obligation. Learn how we celebrate All Saint’s Day 2023.
Recognized on November 1, All Saints’ Day 2023 is designed to show honor and reverence to saints both canonized and unknown, and in some faiths also to give thanks to those who have guided others to Christ, like a friend or relative. Around the world, there are many traditions woven into All Saints’ Day, from the laying of flowers on graves on November 1 to the Mexican Day of the Dead — which honors children who have passed on, on the holiday’s first day.

How Does St. Agnes Celebrate All Saints’ Day? 

At St. Agnes, we have a strong sense of love and respect for our alumnae. One of our Dominican pillars is community. On November 1, the Feast of all Saints, we gather together for Mass and invite the community to join us as we remember all our alumnae who have gone before us, but we remember, in a special way, our Academy women who have died during this past year.  We also remember the Dominican Sisters and the members of the 1906 society. Our students, parents, and alumnae are asked to submit the names of their deceased loved ones and we light candles in their honor.
We recognize that each of the people honored on this day were not only a credit to St. Agnes when they were students here, but also left her mark on our world in a distinctive way. As each name is called, our community takes a moment to pray for each individual as her candle is presented to the altar. 
During this year’s Mass, we welcomed Fr. Clark Sample, Episcopal Vicar for Clergy and Secretariat Director for Clergy Formation and Chaplaincy Services and shared the following reading from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Solemnity of All Saints

Lectionary: 667

Reading 1
I, John, saw another angel come up from the East,
holding the seal of the living God.
He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels
who were given power to damage the land and the sea,
"Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees
until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God."
I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal,
one hundred and forty-four thousand marked
from every tribe of the children of Israel.

After this I had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice:

"Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne,
and from the Lamb."

All the angels stood around the throne
and around the elders and the four living creatures.
They prostrated themselves before the throne,
worshiped God, and exclaimed:

"Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving,
honor, power, and might
be to our God forever and ever. Amen."

Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me,
"Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?"
I said to him, "My lord, you are the one who knows."
He said to me,
"These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb."

Join Us For Our Upcoming Celebrations.

In addition to All Saints’ Day 2023, St. Agnes celebrates all Holy Days of Obligation, as well as Feasts that celebrate our Dominican Heritage, usually as a whole-school community in a vibrant, meaningful Liturgical Celebration. All are welcome to join us for these celebrations in Meyer Hall. Check the St. Agnes calendar for the schedule of Masses and worship opportunities.