Wednesday, November 2, 2005
All Soul's Day

Solemnity (1969 Calendar): November 2
Double (1955 Calendar): November 2

Today is the day after the Solemnity of All Saints and is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls). This feast, dating back to the 11th Century, is a time to remember all of the faithfully depart and pray that they are now in the grace of God. God certainly is Love and He is mercy. The only thing we can do is trust in Him and pray for our loved ones.

In the middle of the 11th century, St. Odilo, the abbot of Cluny (France), said that all Cluniac monasteries were to offer special prayers and sing the Office for the Dead on November 2, the day after the feast of All Saints. The custom spread from Cluny and was adopted throughout the entire Roman Catholic Church. Now the entire Church celebrates November 2nd as All Soul's Day.

To gain a Plenary Indulgence form noon Nov. 1 until midnight Nov. 2, visit the church, pray for the Holy Souls and also for the intentions of the Holy Father. On All Soul's Day and for a week afterward, a Plenary Indulgence for the Holy Souls is granted for a visit to the cemetery with devotion and prayer for the dead. All through November, you can gain partial indulgence every day you visit the cemetery and pray for the dead.

Also a Mass said for a person during life or death is worth immense value because the Mass is the memorial of Jesus Christ's sacrifice of the Cross. Mary, in one apparition, once told someone that Our Lord would die for us again as many times as we have heard Mass. The Mass is extremely important.

Today let's remember to pray for the souls in purgatory and those faithfully departed. Please pray with your whole heart and mind this following prayer, which Our Lord promised St. Gertrude would free 1,000 souls from purgatory.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family.Amen.


O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful: grant to the souls of Thy servants and handmaidens the remission of all their sins: that through pious supplications, they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired: Who livest and reignest.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

7 comment(s):

del_button November 2, 2005 at 12:15 PM
Antonia said...
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del_button November 2, 2005 at 12:16 PM
Antonia said...

I learned something new today from your site; that November is the month dedicated for all souls in Purgatory, I'll have to pray more this month!

Thank you also for your encouraging words about After Cologne; the lack of response was disappointing—perhaps I haven't spread the word enough— in any case I'm still doing it, hopefully something good will come of it!

del_button November 2, 2005 at 12:18 PM
Antonia said...

Oops, the link was wrong.. it should be here

del_button November 2, 2005 at 5:21 PM
Matthew said...

Thank you very much for your comments, Antonia. I'm glad this blog helped and that you are still trying on "After Cologne". It is a great idea for a blog, and I pray that it may turn out to be a success.


del_button August 5, 2010 at 1:44 AM
Unknown said...

I still believe that the plenary indulgence being
granted during the All Souls Day ( Nov.2 ) is the
Portiuncula Indulgence.
I read it in one of our Catholic book printed in the early sixties.

Antonio Porciuncula

del_button October 7, 2010 at 8:59 PM
Gordon said...

@Tony: You would be wrong. The Portiuncula Indulgence is granted August 2-3rd, and is a full plenary indulgence for the person who seeks it. The plenary indulgence granted during All Souls Day is for the intention of the person who seeks the indulgence - the indulgence is only good for the one that's dead.

del_button November 2, 2011 at 11:40 AM
Anonymous said...

As today is All Souls Day I was interested in the comments that today is the day to receive the Portiuncula Indulgence. When I was young, in the 50's and 60's, this was the day in England that we prayed for this Indulgence, for the souls in Purgatory. We would go into the church and pray six Our Father's, Hail Mary's and Glorias for a particular soul who had died (usually family members)then we would leave the church for a moment, come back inside and repeat the prayers for another soul.We actually spent hours doing this on All Souls Day. Traditions vary, I know, but Tony is correct in saying that Nov. 2nd was the "Portiuncula Day". My grandparents and parents came from a Franciscan parish and this is where they learned of the practice.

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