Dearly beloved brethren! This day we keep with one great cry of joy, a feast in memory of all God's holy children; His children, whose presence is a gladness in heaven; His children, whose prayers are a blessing to earth; His children, whose victories are the crown of Holy Church; His chosen, whose testifying is the more glorious in honor, as the agony in which it was given was the sterner in intensity. For, as the dreader grew the battle, so the grander grew the fighters; and the triumph of martyrdom waxed the more incisive by the multiplicity of suffering; and the heavier the torment, the heavier the prize.
~St. Bede the Venerable