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Original artwork, The Communion of the Saints, for  All Saints by Ira Thomas / Courtesy Ira Thomas.

Original artwork, "The Communion of the Saints, for All Saints" by Ira Thomas / Courtesy Ira Thomas.

Ways to remember the lives and work of church saints


Historically, the Church has confessed a belief in the "communion of the saints," which includes not only all living believers, but also all who have gone before us. When we celebrate Holy Communion, we experience the communion of saints, feasting with believers past, present and future. The author of Hebrews 12 reminds us that these saints, a “great cloud of witnesses,” surrounds us and cheers us on.

On All Saints Day, United Methodists publicly remember and honor those who have passed away. Celebrated on the first Sunday in November, many congregations light candles, ring bells of remembrance, and call the names of those lost in the previous year as a way of honoring the impact their lives have had on us. 

Below you will find ideas and worship resources to help you honor the saints of your congregation on this day. 

Candles lit in memory of departed loved ones. Image by Stefan Schweihofer,

Worship ideas for All Saints Day

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This section of the stained-glass window the at the Upper Room Chapel represents the disciples as they went forth to witness. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

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A cross and stained glass window are part of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas.  Photo by Joe Center.

Prayer for All Saints Day

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The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs by Fra Angelico (15th Century), National Gallery, London. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Photo shows dad with children. Courtesy of Phillip Davis Ministries.

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Illustration of the Communion of Saints. Illustration by Elizabeth Wang, T-00042A-OL © Radiant Light 2006,

What Is the Communion of Saints?

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An angel in the Recoleta Cemetery located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The cemetery is located at the church of Our Lady of Pilar. Photo by Godot13, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Do United Methodists believe in saints?

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Votive candles lit to remember departed loved ones. Photo by Hans /

A Day to Remember

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Beth Young (left) and Mamie Jeter hold banners honoring their daughters, Amanda and Katie. UMNS photos by Mike DuBose.

Colorful banners honor church saints

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