All Souls’ Day

From our friends at Novalis …

Seeds of Faith

All Souls’ Day is one of the most hopeful moments of the Church year.

That might sound like an odd assertion regarding a day also known as The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed. Indeed, celebration of the day comes with a sombre, muted tone, as we recall those who have died and are in purgatory. All Souls’ Day often has a very personal element, as each of us remembers loved ones who are no longer with us.

But while there may be a tinge of mourning to All Souls’ Day, the very act of praying for those who have gone before us reflects many of the assertions we make when we recite either the Nicene or the Apostles’ Creed.

In praying for those in purgatory, who have not yet been fully cleansed of sin, we are demonstrating our credal assertion that there will be judgment and that, through baptism…

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