Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Facts About All Souls Day

All Souls Day is when the Church commemorates and prays for the holy souls in Purgatory,
undergoing purification of their sins before entering heaven. All Souls Day is November 2nd,
the day after All Saints Day.

Liturgical Colours : Black, White, or Violet
Type OF Holiday : it takes precedence over a Sunday
Time Of The Year : November 2 (West), Eve of Pentecost (East)
Duration: One Day
Symbolizes: All the faithful departed
Alternate Names: Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

Spiritual References: 2 Maccabees 12:44-45; Matthew 12:31-32; 1 Corinthians 3:13-15;
Traditions and Customs
Visiting a Graveyard for a Picnic, Decorating Relatives' Graves, Remembering and Praying for Departed Souls, Giving Orphans Food, Clothing, and Toys
Leaving Doors & Windows Open on All Souls Night

Prayer For The Souls in Purgatory
Merciful Father,
hear our prayer and console us as we renew our faith in Your Son whom You raised from the dead,
strengthen our hope that all our departed brothers and sisters will share in His resurrection,
who lives and reignswith You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen

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