All Saints & All Souls’ Day

Sunday, November 1st All Saints. “The ultimate object of veneration-of the Saints is the glory of God and the sanctification of man conforming one’s life fully to the divine will and by imitating the virtue of those who were pre-eminent disciples of the Lord. Catechesis and other forms of doctrinal instruction should therefore make known to the faithful that our relationship with the Saints must be seen in the light of the faith and should not obscure the cult of worship due to God the Father through Christ in the Holy Spirit but intensify it” (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, n.212)

Monday, November 2nd, The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day). “Indeed, the Church in its pilgrim members, from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, has honoured with great respect the memory of the dead, and ‘because it is a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they be loosed from their sins’ (2 Maccabees 12: 46) she offers ‘her suffrages for them. These consist, primarily, in the celebration of the holy sacrifice of the Eucharist, and in other pious exercises, such as prayers for the dead, alms deeds, works of mercy, and the application of indulgences to the souls of the faithful departed (Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy, n.251).