Today is November 2nd, and in the Catholic Church, that means it is All Saints Day.
What is All Saint’s Day? It is a day of remembrance for all our loved ones who have passed. It is the day after All Saint’s Day (November 1) which is after Halloween, or “All Hallow’s Eve” (October 31). Isn’t religion and history fun?
All Souls’ Day commemorates the faithful departed. In Western Christianity, this day is observed principally in the Catholic Church, although some churches of the Anglican Communion and the Old Catholic Churches also celebrate it. The Eastern Orthodox churches observe several All Souls’ Days during the year. The Roman Catholic celebration is associated with the doctrine that the souls of the faithful who at death have not been cleansed from the temporal punishment due to venial sins and from attachment to mortal sins cannot immediately attain the beatific vision in heaven, and that they may be helped to do so by prayer and by the sacrifice of the Mass. In other words, when they died, they had not yet attained full sanctification and moral perfection, a requirement for entrance into Heaven. This sanctification is carried out posthumously in Purgatory.
Tonight, my family and I are going to Church for the special Mass that is going to be held.