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All Souls Day – 2 November

All Soul’s Day falls on November 2 (November 3rd if the 2nd falls on a Sunday).

The origin of the Feast of All Souls began independently of the Feast of All Saints. The Feast of All Souls believed to originate from the seventh century monks who decided to offer the mass on the day after Pentecost for their deceased community members. Later late in tenth century, the Benedictine monastery in Cluny decided to move their mass for their dead to November 2, the day after the Feast of all Saints. This custom spread thereafter and in the thirteenth century, Rome put the feast on the church calendar. Therefore the date remained November 2 so that all in the Communion of the Saints might be celebrated together.

What is All Souls Day
All Soul’s Day is a day of remembrance for friends and loved ones who have passed away. The day purposely follows All Saint’s Day in order to shift the focus from those in heaven to those in purgatory. It is celebrated with masses and festivities in honor of the dead. While the Feast of All Saints is a day to remember the glories of Heaven and those there, the Feast of All Souls reminds us of our obligations to live holy lives. It also reminds us that there will be purification of the souls before entering the heaven in purgatory.

Purgatory and Sins
Purgatory is the place where souls are purified before proceeding to heaven. Souls in purgatory must suffer so that they can be purged of their sins. Upon death, it is believed that souls have not yet been cleansed of sin. Praying for souls of loved ones helps to remove the stain of sin, and allow the souls to enter the pearly gates of heaven.

Duty of Living Christians
Through prayer and good works, living members of the church may help their departed friends and family. There are three Requiem Masses that are said by the clergy to assist the souls from Purgatory to Heaven: one for the celebrant, one for the departed, and one for the pope. Traditional Catholics still honor customs related to the relief of the souls suffering in purgatory. One custom is for persons to pray six Our Fathers, Hail Mary’s and Glory Be’s for the intentions of the Pope in a church, and thereby, receive a plenary indulgence for a soul in purgatory. This action may be repeated for another soul, by leaving the church and re-entering it to repeat the prayers.

p/s: Headings in recent newspaper front page: “ALTANTUYA MURDER TRIAL : …ACQUITTED…”
Felt pity for the poor soul, whom died without a clear known cause and justice is being twisted like a sick tree branch. Lets pray for many whom died a injustice and innocent dead all around the world. Ah, also not forget to pray for us all, living in a place so called “Malaysia Boleh”.

November 2, 2008 at 12:00 am 2 comments

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