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All Saints and All Souls Day

posted 2 Nov 2017, 18:11 by Michelle Virgona
This week the Church celebrated two very important feast days: All Saints Day and All Souls Day. 

The Feast of All Saints is a holy day of the Church honouring all saints, known and unknown. All Saints Day is the feast which commemorates all those we know who may never be publicly proclaimed in the canon or list of saints, but who nonetheless are in heaven. Some of them may only be known to God. Others are people whose love, sacrifice and fidelity we have seen for ourselves and who have inspired us. Sometimes they can be our own mothers and fathers. 

All Souls Day is celebrated with masses and festivities in honour of the dead. While the Feast of All Saints is a day to remember the glories of Heaven and those there, the Feast of All Souls reminds us of our obligations to live holy lives and that there will be purification of the souls of those destined for Heaven. So let's remember all those ‘departed souls’ we have known and loved over the years, that they might pray for us that we never forget God's saving love and live lives worthy of it.