THE SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS – Thursday 1 November
All saints – The Church celebrates all the saints: canonised or beatified, and the multitude of those who are in heaven enjoying the beatific vision that are only known to God. During the early centuries the Saints venerated by the Church were all martyrs. Later on the Popes set November 1 as the day for commemorating all the Saints. The feast of All Saints should inspire us with tremendous hope. All lived on earth lives like our own. They were baptised, marked with the sign of faith, they were faithful to Christ’s teaching and they have gone before us to the heavenly home whence they call on us to follow them.
THE COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED – Friday 2 November
All souls – Our common and pious Mother the Church, immediately after having endeavored to celebrate all her children who already rejoice in heaven, strives to aid by her powerful intercession with Christ, her Lord and Spouse, all those who still groan in purgatory, so that they may join as soon as possible the inhabitants of the heavenly city.