THE COMMEMORATION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED - ALL SOULS DAY
This feast day is one of the most loving celebrations in the Church’s liturgy.
It is the day that we especially remember all the faithful departed—those who have passed from this life into the next.
We don’t know how long a particular individual spends in purgatory.
Today we stop to remember all who have died.
We especially pray for our own ancestors, relatives, and friends who have died.
We pray for those who taught us good things.
We pray for those who made sacrifices for us.
We pray for those who prayed for us while they were on this earth.
We pray for the most forgotten souls.
We pray for those who had great responsibilities while they were on earth.
We think of those holy souls in purgatory and we realize that they are saved. Now they wait, being purified, until the moment when they can be with God, face to face.
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.
Eternal rest, grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
MARY, GATE OF HEAVEN, PRAY FOR US. AMEN!