All Saints Vigil is a traditional day of fast and abstinence.
Also, there are many indulgences available starting tomorrow, and some apply only to the souls in purgatory. Help the suffering souls! Gain indulgences for them. Please see the follow posts for important information concerning the approaching holy days, All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
- Oct 31st Vigil of All Saints
- Nov. 1st All Saints
- Nov. 2nd Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
- Nov. 3rd Within the Octave of All Saints
- Nov. 4th St. Charles Borromeo; Com. of Octave of All Saints and Sts. Vitalis and Agricola
On this Vigil of All Saints, the Mass of the Preceding Sunday is said (as today is treated as a Feria); however, a Requiem or a Votive Mass may be said today.
Today is also the Feast of St. Wolfgang of Regensburg:
Wolfgang (d. 994) + Bishop and reformer. Born in Swabia, Germany, he studied at Reichenau under the Benedictines and at Wurzburg before serving as a teacher in the cathedral school of Trier. He soon entered the Benedictines at Einsiedeln (964) and was appointed head of the monastery school, receiving ordination in 971. He then set out with a group of monks to preach among the Magyars of Hungary, but the following year (972) was named bishop of Regensburg by Emperor Otto II (r. 973-983). As bishop, he distinguished himself brilliantly for his reforming zeal and his skills as a statesman. He brought the clergy of the diocese into his reforms, restored monasteries, promoted education, preached enthusiastically, and was renowned for his charity and aid to the poor, receiving the title Eleemosynarius Major (Grand Almoner). He also served as tutor to Emperor Henry II (r. 1014-1024) while he was still king. Wolfgang died at Puppingen near Linz, Austria. He was canonized in 1052 by Pope St. Leo IX (r. 1049-1054). Feast day: October 31.