Here is a Troparion for the Feast: ‘Apostles, Martyrs, and Prophets, holy Hierarchs, Saints and Righteous, having fought the good fight and kept the faith you have boldness towards the Saviour. Intercede for us with Him, for He is good, we pray, that He may save our souls’.

The Gospel for today is the Beatitudes. Here is just one, for it is shared by all the saints down the ages: ‘Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth’.

In this time of pandemic, let us take heart from the fact that the saints are all around us – their fellowship is there to strengthen and encourage us. May they pray for us in all our necessities, and may God bless us all on this day.