Tuesday, November 1, 2005
The Feast of All Saints

Solemnity (1969 Calendar): November 1
Double of the I Class (1955 Calendar): November 1

Today is a great day in the Church year because it is the Solemnity of All Saints and a Day of Holy Obligation - meaning all Catholics must attend Mass today. Today, we remember all of those saints now in Heaven, both known and unknown, and reflect on their lives. Saints are great role models. Go read some of my posts on the Saints and read about a few of them - see that Heaven isn't easy. But, in the end, it certainly is worth all the effort in the world!

For today's traditional Mass Propers, please click here.

Indulgences for This Time of Year (Each Paragraph is a separate one):
The faithful who recite prayers or perform other devout exercises in supplication for the faithful departed during the month of November, may gain a plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if they perform these devotions daily for the entire month. 
Those, who during the aforesaid month, take part in public services held in a church or public oratory in intercession for the faithful departed may gain a plenary indulgence, if they attend these exercises on at least fifteen days and, in addition, go to confession, receive Holy Communion and pray for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff (Jan. 17, 1888)

The faithful, as often as they visit a church or public oratory, or even a semi-public oratory (if they may lawfully use the same), in order to pray for the dead on the day on which the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed is celebrated (November 2nd) or on the Sunday immediately following, may gain a plenary indulgence applicable only to the souls detained in Purgatory, on condition of confession and Communion, and the recitation six times during each visit of Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff (June 25, 1914)

The faithful who during the period of eight days from the Commemoration of All Souls inclusive, visit a cemetery in a spirit of piety and devotion, and pray, even mentally, for the dead may gain a plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, on each day of the Octave, applicable only to the dead.

Raccolta Source
As a side note: From noon on All Saints Day through midnight of All Souls Day, the Catholic faithful, as often as they visit a church to pray for the dead, reciting six times during each visit the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for the intentions of Holy Mother Church may gain a plenary indulgence applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, under the usual conditions of making a good Confession within a week before or after, worthily receiving Holy Communion within the week and having the right intention of heart. This is called the Toties Quoties Indulgence.

Remember to attend Mass consider praying the Rosary at night in anticipation for All Souls Day, the day after All Saints.

Keep in mind, prior to 1955, there was an Octave Associated with All Saints!  In the midst of that Octave was the Feast of the Sacred Relics.  Let's keep the memory of these past traditions alive.


Almighty and everlasting God, Who hast enabled us to honor in one solemn feast the merits of all Thy Saints: we beseech Thee, that, with so many praying for us, Thou wouldst pour forth on us the abundance of Thy mercy for which we long. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

Photo Source: "The Landauer Altarpiece, All Saints Day" by Albrecht Durer (1471 - 1528) , 1511, oil on panel, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria, 123 x 135 cms


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