Thursday, November 1, 2007
All Saints Day
A prayer for today:
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
today we rejoice in the holy men and women
of every time and place.
May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Today is All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church.In terms of Catholic theology, the feast remembers all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven, while tomorrow, All Souls' Day, commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven.
In countries with a large Catholic population, the custom is to attend Mass, visit the graves of loved ones and relatives as well as praying for the dead and lighting candles.
In Mexico, today and tomorrow are celebrated as Día de los Muertos -the Day of the Dead.