All Souls Day

On November 2, All Souls Day is celebrated annually. It is mainly celebrated in the Catholic Church and it is also sometimes celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church. However, the celebration is being protested by the Anglican Church. Some Protestants also disagree with the theology of All Souls Day.

Highlights

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed and the Day of the Dead is the other name of All Souls Day. On the day everyone remembers their deceased relatives. All day long is devoted to praying and remembering the soul in purgatory. Purgatory is inhabited by the sinful souls who have sinned while living before they go to heaven. Purgatory is a place of suffering and the souls compensate their sins while remaining in purgatory.

French Monks propagated the All Souls Day. They chose a specific day to commemorate their loved one who died in the 998 AD. It started as a local tradition but it later spread to all Catholic churches.

Significance of this day

The Christians who celebrate the day all believe that the souls that leave the body are not completely purified. But the faithful souls who still live on the planet earth can help all these sinful souls through prayer. People attend Mass at church following which they visit their loved ones’ graves. Wreaths and candles are provided. Children who come to this prayer are offered a cake, biscuit or cookie for the soul.

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