All Saints, All Souls: a time for prayer and remembrance

All Saints, All Souls:
a time for prayer and
remembrance

  • Nov. 4, 2015 4:00 p.m.

BARBARA LATKOWSKI

Caledonia Courier

All Saints Day, also known as All

Hallows Day of All Saints, was celebrated

on Nov.1 by the Roman Catholic

Church and various protestant

denominations.

It celebrates and honours all

the saints, known and unknown. In

Catholic theology, All Saints Day remembers

those who have attained the

beautifi c vision in Heaven. In many

countries it is a national holiday.

In the Catholic Church and many

Anglican churches the next day, Nov.

2, is All Souls Day. This day specifi

cally commemorates the departed

faithful who have not yet reached

Heaven. Christians who celebrate

both occasions share a fundamental

belief that there is a spiritual bond between

those in Heaven and the living.

Catholics believe that through

prayers of the faithful on Earth, the

dead are cleansed of their sins so they

may enter into heaven.

Father Frank Salmon, pastor at Our

Lady of the Snows Catholic Church

in Fort St. James says that November

is the month that focuses on the deceased.

“Both days refl ect our saints

in Heaven and our dearly departed

relatives. Death does not sever any of

the bonds that unite us in Christ.”

On Nov.1, after morning mass, the

congregation of Our Lady of Snows

along with Fr. Salmon gathered at

the graves of their loved ones where

prayers and blessings were offered.

On Monday, Nov.2, a candlelight

mass was held at the old church, Our

Lady of Good Hope, were anyone could

bring photos of their departed loved ones

and share, pray and remember.

 

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