All Saints’ Day
All Saints’ Day, which began most likely as All Martyrs’ Day, can be traced to the earliest Christians. By the third century, the followers of Christ were annually honoring their brothers and sisters who had given their lives (been martyred) while witnessing for and defending Jesus Christ. Typically, on the anniversary of a martyr’s death, those living would gather to remember and offer prayers at the tomb or place where the deceased had died. Tombs were sometimes decorated and altars built over the tomb.
Today, All Saints’ Day is a solemnity and holy day of obligation on which the universal Church honors the martyrs, the saints and the confessors, including all known and unknown, all who have gained the reward of heaven.
Mass Schedule for All Saints Day:
7:00 PM Vigil English Mass at Incarnation
8:45 AM English School Mass at Incarnation
12:15 English Mass at Holy Infancy
5:15 PM English Mass at Holy Infancy
7:00 PM Span/Port Mass at Holy Infancy
All Souls’ Day
On All Souls’ Day the universal Church prays for all those in purgatory, people who were much like us, whose offense may have been less than ours. By pleading for them, we are inspired to lead purer lives. On that day, and during the entire month of November, we remember our departed brethren as we go to the cemetery where they are buried, attain indulgences for them, give alms, do some good work, ask for Masses to be said in remembrance, all on behalf of those close to us and to others we may have neglected during the year.
We also light candles, and in some parishes the faithful write the names in books and display pictures of their deceased loved ones in the church. Church bells are sometimes rung to remind everyone to pray for the poor souls in purgatory. Priests are authorized to say three Masses on this holy, somber day.
“Eternal rest grant unto them , O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.”
Mass Schedule for All Souls Day:
7:30 AM English at Holy Infancy
12:15 PM English at Holy Infancy
Book of Remembrance
Our Book of Remembrance will again be near the altar. You can sign the names of your loved ones who have died in that book, and know that we pray at all the Masses for the faithfully departed.