Today we commemorate all those who, in the mercy of God, have attained heaven, and now sing God’s praises in all eternity. The Feast was established by Pope Boniface IV, who consecrated the Pantheon in Rome to Our Lady and all the Martyrs on 13 May 609.
Here is part of the Te Deum, which is sung on this day: ‘We praise thee, O God: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord. All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father everlasting.
To Thee all Angels cry aloud: the Heavens and all the powers therein. To Thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry, Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God of Sabaoth; Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy Glory. The glorious company of the Apostles praise Thee. The godly fellowship of the Prophets praise Thee. The noble army of Martyrs praise Thee. The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge Thee; the Father of an infinite Majesty; Thine honourable, true, and only Son; Also the Holy Ghost: the Comforter’.
May we know the benefit of the prayers of the saints for us, as they worship before the throne of God, and may your day be richly blessed.