My wife loves using the Book of Common Prayer - the short title for a number of related prayer books used in the Anglican Christian churches (John Wesley’s denomination). Published in 1549 in the reign of Edward VI, was a product of the English Reformation following the break with Rome. Here’s the text for All Saints Page 148 Common Prayer – pocket edition:
Since its earliest centuries, the church has set aside a day to remember the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us in the faith, stretching across the centuries and around the globe. However hard it might seem to follow the way of Jesus in our own time and place, this is a day to remember that we may be crazy, but we are not alone.
In addition, 2017 marks 500 years since Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation as well.
Oh, the Saints that have gone before us………