Let us Honor All Saints, and Pray, Pray, Pray for All Souls
The solemnity of All Saints falls on Sunday this year. We do not observe it as a holy day of obligation, but we celebrate it all the same. As a church, we remember many saints and martyrs whose names are not inscribed in saints' canon and seek their intercession. Relic of St. Peter, our parish patron saint, will be carried in the opening procession of the Mass this Sunday and exposed in the sanctuary afterward for veneration.
Monday, November 2, is the commemoration of All the Faithful departed, otherwise known as All Souls. The month of November is a traditional time for visiting graves of loved ones and offering suffrages for the dead. Let our prayers for the dead, especially throughout November, echo the church’s prayer: “Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of resurrection, and all who have died in your mercy; welcome them to the light of your face” (Eucharistic Prayer II). We have a number of our parishioners who passed away this year that we shall pray for on All Souls day.
As a parish, we will have a solemn commemoration of our departed brothers and sisters whose bodies lie in our cemetery on All Souls Day. There will be a mass for the dead at noon, followed by a visit to the cemetery where we shall have a short service in their honor. All are encouraged to attend this brief ceremony.
Do you know you can gain a plenary indulgence under the usual condition when you visit the cemetery to pray for the dead during November?
In Christ, the Risen Lord,
Fr. Bernard Oniwe, OP