All Saints Sunday: God is Wondrous in His Saints (Sun. June 27)

The word for today is “wondrous.”  Today on All Saints Sunday we commemorate the saints who have gone before us.  And during  Matins (Orthros or Morning Prayer), we sing “God is wondrous in His saints” (Digital Chant).  From a worldly viewpoint, we might ask what is “wondrous” about the sufferings of the saints?  What is so glorious about the suffering that today’s reading of Hebrews 11:33-12 recounts?   Our commentary will explain how the saints are wonderful as the give glory to God. In this well-known passage from Hebrews 11, the Apostle recounts the astounding examples of the saints of the Old Testament.  Through faith these holy ones “subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the…