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All Saints Day Show-United States Old Catholic Church

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November 1st is the solemnity of All Saints or All Saints Day. It is the reason for the existence of Halloween, a word comprised of an older English phrase, "All Hallows Eve"--The Night before All Saints. "Hallow" means "Holy." The doctrine of the Communion of Saints is an ancient one with its roots firmly planted in Jewish tradition and teaching. Jesus and the Apostles believed in the concept and it is repeated throughout the bible: we are one with believers who have died and gone to heaven. The "Communion of Saints" is one of the required beliefs for Christianity, as stated in the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. Belief in it is sacrosanct. 

Yet, many people attack the doctrine as a form of communication with the dead forbidden by scripture. Others have no idea what a saint is or how one becomes a saint. What's the purpose of a saint? Why do they matter to us? What does it mean to be "in communion" with them? 

Join Reverend Mother Kristina Rake, M.A., M.Div., for this enlightening discussion about the saints. From the biblical and Jewish roots of sainthood to the process of cannonization, Mother Rake walks us through the meaning and purpose of devotion to these Heroes in Faith who did what we are trying to do and received the reward we long for: heaven and an eternity with God. 

Rev. Mother Kristina Rake is a priest in the United States Old Catholic Church and serves as Director of Public Relations for the church. She has a Masters in Theology and Scripture from Andover Newton Theological School and a Master of Divinity from St. Mary's Old Catholic Seminary. Mother Rake has taught scripture, theology, and apologetics to Catholic adults for over 16 years and is the author of God and the Paranormal: Psychis, Mediums, and the Afterlife in the Bible.