Nov 1: The Solemnity of All Saints is a Holy Day of Obligation, so don't forget to go to Mass! The vigil of the Feast is "All Hallows Eve," which most people know as "Halloween." In Mass on All Saints, the priest wears white.
Nov 2: The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, commonly called "All Souls' Day," is the very next day. While not a Holy Day of Obligation, it is a great Mass to attend with your family to remember all those in your family who have died. Remember: Praying for the dead is a Spiritual Work of Mercy! In Mass on All Souls' Day, the priest may wear any of THREE liturgical colors: white, violet, or black!
The importance of All Souls' Day was made clear by Pope Benedict XV (1914-22), when he granted all priests the privilege of celebrating three Masses on All Souls' Day: one, for the faithful departed; one for the priest's intentions; and one for the intentions of the Holy Father. Only on a handful of other very important feast days are priests allowed to celebrate more than two Masses.
On All Souls' Day, we not only remember the dead, but we also apply our efforts, through prayer, almsgiving, and the Mass, to their release from Purgatory. It is also a good practice to visit a cemetery to pray for the dead there.
Nov 3: St Martin de Porres' Feast Day! He was a great miracle worker during his life--a fun saint to learn about in Glory Stories volume 7!
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