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Monday, November 1, 2010

All Saint's Day

All Saints' Day is closely tied with All Souls' Day, which was first instituted at the monastery in Cluny in 993 CE and quickly spread among Christians.

Celebrations can be traced as far back as fourth century, according to some sources, when the Greek Christians held a festival on the first Sunday after Pentecost to honor all martyrs and saints. Yet, other sources say that a commemoration of “All Martyrs” began to be celebrated as early as 270 CE but no specific month or date is recorded. Pope Gregory IV made All Saints' Day an authorized holiday in 837 CE. It is speculated that the chosen date for the event, November 1, may have been an attempt to supplant the pagan Festival of the Dead (also known as Samhain or the feast of Saman, lord of death).

People of different church denominations, especially the Catholic Church, observe All Saints' Day. For those who observe All Saints' Day, this event gives people a moment of reflection on the lives of saints, as well as a chance to pray for friends or family members who are deceased.

Angels, Archangels,
Thrones, Dominions,
Principalities, Powers,
heavenly Virtues,
Cherubim and Seraphim;
all Saints of God,
holy men and women,
and especially my patrons:
intercede for me
that I may be worthy
to offer this Sacrifice to almighty God,
to the praise and glory of His name,
for my own welfare
and also that of all His holy Church. Amen.


  1. I hope your All Saints Day is blessed sweetie!!

    I thought about you while I was in NOLA! WE WILL meet there one day-
    Hope your week is great & filled with many blessings:)
    Much Love,D

  2. An interesting Day! Hope your day is blessed and filled with Love and Light

  3. As you might know we're celebrating All Saints Day here.
    I hope you'll have a blessed one, my angel, full of hope.

    Have a lovely week, my darling and sorry I've been away... too much work at the office and also living a low self-esteame phase.

    Much love

  4. happy all saints day to you, too. i just attended a lovely mass. hope all is well!

  5. We'll be celebrating All Saints' Day on Sun. 11/7 at our church. The history is very interesting!

    Visiting from SITS!

  6. thank you for the excellent teaching on all
    saints' day! i loved every bit of it.

    i love the scripture from hebrews that talks
    of being surrounded by a great cloud of
    witnesses, who i assume are the saints
    and heavenly beings.

    you have inspired me a great deal with your
    reflections but also with the order of your
    posts. i am trying to get my blog into some
    sort of order. it is such a challenge for me.


  7. Having gone to parochial school I always remember the effort that the teachers made in getting us to try and focus on November 1st above October 31st. It was a hard sell with us kids. Candy and costumes usually won out. As an adult I am very drawn to the Dia de los muertos celebration( the Mexican day of the dead). It is sort of strange that my Lily's birthday is on the day of the dead. Sorry to ramble on. I should not be allowed to comment until I have had a full cup of coffee.;-)

  8. I am not familiar wit that custom. You really found some very pretty pictures of it. Take care while I am gone.

  9. All Saint's day is always connected to my family in France. It's a quiet, peaceful day. Thank you for your mail..i'm quite excited to write my first letter..
    Have a happy and peaceful All Saint's Day...

  10. Lovely post it is important to keep these things in our minds x

  11. Happy All Saints Day to you honey!

  12. Very, very interesting! Yesterday I took my camera and visited an old cemetary in the middle of town. It's beautiful and reveals the depth of Irish Heritage. The epitaphs from the older headstones are also interesting to read.
    By the way, thank you for coming over to visit my blog ((hugs)).

  13. I loved All Saint's Day as a little girl, and not just because we always had the day after Halloween off from school! I was always fascinated by the Saints and the stories of their lives.

  14. When I lived in Argentina (a country with very strong Catholic roots) we celebrate All Saints Day by going to mass. Good memories.

  15. Beautiful.
    Miss you.
    I'll be back writing soon.

  16. It's a big celebration here in Spain. It's a national holiday and the cemeteries are crammed with people polishing their family tombs, laying flowers and in some cases even singing or playing music;I've seen people literally flamenco dancing around the tombs of their loved ones!


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