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Poem for Thanksgiving

The Veining
The veining of each golden leaf Grows clearer in the icy winds, So the seeing of each graying soul Grows eager to view the whole Of all that passed through last seasons, Searching for good reasons…
As my hair stripes in platinum I settle on my wondrous children First and grand, they bring me joy. Each grown and growing girl and boy Like the leaves their veining show That in past and present, they do know
The Father Reason that they live- To trust, and love, and give In Christ who graciously came To forgive us deserved blame. And if I’ve done my mother’s part, They’ll abide within that Spirit’s heart.
  Thanksgiving, 2014   Hope Ellen Rapson

Halloween or All Hallows Eve?

O ALMIGHTY God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the Church calendar All Saints' Day (All Hallows or Hallowmas) refers to a feast celebrated on November 1 in honor of all the saints. Halloween, or the Eve of All Hallows, is the day preceding it. In catholicism (the universal expression of the Christian Faith), the feast remembers all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven, while the next day, All Souls' Day remembers and gives thanks for the lives of those who have died and Christ and now repose or rest in Him.

Here is a family prayer used after treat or treating:

“Thank you Christ our God for having conquered Death by Death. Thank You that …