All Saints’ Day
All Saints’ Day (also known as All Hallows’ Day or Hallowmas) is the day after All
Hallows’ Eve (Hallowe’en). It is a feast day celebrated on 1st November by Anglicans
and Roman Catholics.
It is an opportunity for believers to remember all saints and martyrs, known and
unknown, throughout Christian history. As part of this day of obligation, believers
are required to attend church and try not to do any servile work.
Remembering saints and martyrs and dedicating a specific day to them each year has
been a Christian tradition since the 4th century AD, but it wasn’t until 609AD that
Pope Boniface IV decided to remember all martyrs. Originally 13th May was designated
as the Feast of All Holy Martyrs. Later, in 837AD, Pope Gregory IV extended the
festival to remember all the saints, changed its name to Feast of All Saints and
changed the date to 1st November.
We celebrate today the solemnity of All Saints. This invites us to turn our gaze to
the immense multitude of those who have already reached the blessed land, and points us on the path that will lead us to that destination.Pope John Paul II, All Saints’ Day 2003
All Souls’ Day
All Souls’ Day is marked on 2nd November (or the 3rd if the 2nd is a Sunday), directly
following All Saints’ Day, and is an opportunity for Roman Catholics and Anglo-
Catholic churches to commemorate the faithful departed. They remember and pray for the
souls of people who are in Purgatory – the place (or state) in which those who have
died atone for their less grave sins before being granted the vision of God in Heaven
(called Beatific vision).
Reasoning behind this stems from the notion that when a soul leaves the body, it is
not entirely cleansed from venial (minor) sins. However, through the power of prayer
and self-denial, the faithful left on earth may be able to help these souls gain the
Beatific Vision they seek, bringing the soul eternal sublime happiness.
A 7/8th century AD prayer The Office of the Dead is read out in churches on All Souls’
Day. Other rituals include the offering of Requiem Mass for the dead, visiting family
graves and reflecting on lost loved ones. In Mexico, on el dia de los muertos (Day of
the Dead), people take picnics to their family graves and leave food out for their
Whilst praying for the dead is an ancient Christian tradition, it was Odilo, Abbot of
Cluny (France) who, in 998AD, designated a specific day for remembering and praying
for those in the process of purification. This started as a local feast in his
monasteries and gradually spread throughout the Catholic Church towards the end of the
10th century AD.
For the souls in purgatory, waiting for eternal happiness and for meeting the Beloved
is a source of suffering, because of the punishment due to sin which separates them
from God. But there is also the certitude that once the time of purification is over,
the souls will go to meet the One it desires.Letter of Pope John Paul II for Millennium of All Souls’ Day
Cielbert Adriatico Dondoyano http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=5611The remarkable woman who would be known as Mother Theresa began life named Agnes…Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Born on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, she was the youngest child born to Nikola and Drane Bojaxhiu, Receiving her First Communion at the age of five, she was confirmed in November 1916. Her father died whi…
Cielbert Adriatico Dondoyano http://catholiceducation.org/articles/catholic_stories/cs0054.html
Rose Nemiada Magalang thank you so much for tagging this info sir, but we don’t believe or i myself, don’t believe in this tradition, as a true christian i am very contented in what the Bible says, the pillar and ground of truth. I will rely my life and depend on what it s…See More
Cielbert Adriatico Dondoyano I Timothy 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (KJV) (Note: proof yan na hindi ang bible alone ang ground of truth but THE CHURCH). Rose Nemiada Magalang