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Entries in All Saints Day (2)

Wednesday
Nov022011

There's something about Mary and the Saints

Last night we talked about the Saints and Mary because it was All Saints day. We will continue to learn more about Mary as we talk about Jesus' humanity in next week's class: Who is Jesus? Part 3 - Work of our salvation. (And don't worry, I promise we will continue to learn more about the Saints too in future classes)

In case you missed it, our last post had some helpful links about Mary and the Saints. I've also included one more website that I found helpful in learning more about Mary.

http://www.ancient-future.net/praymary.html 

Many of the website's contributors are converts to the Catholic faith, and they do a good job explaining Catholicism to help Christians understand Catholic teaching, practice, spirituality and morality. 

Sunday
Oct302011

What is "All Saints Day"?

"All Saints Day", also knows as "All Hallows", is celebrated ever year on November 1st to celebrate all of the souls in heaven (Saints), both known and unknown.  It is followed by "All Souls Day" on November 2nd which is celebrated for all those who are awaiting Heaven in purgatory.

In the Roman Catholic Church "All Saints Day" is a "Holy Day of Obligation".  With Sundays being the clearest example, there are specific days during the year in which the Church asks us to attend Mass called "Holy Days of Obligation".

For the history of this Holy Day, Wikipedia provides an excellent step-by-step account.

A great prayer from the "Liturgy of the Hours", a Catholic form of daily prayer, from "All Saints Day" is:

Father, All-Powerful and ever-living God,
today we rejoice in the holy men and women
of every time and place.
May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.