Wednesday, November 2, 2011

November the Month to Pray for ALL SOULS

Aladar Korosfoi-Kriesch, All Souls' Day 1910
November 2 we celebrate the Feast of All Souls. But did you know the entire month of November is designated to pray for dead?

This has become such a special feast day and month for our family since the death of two of our parents in 2006 and 2007.  From the beginning, Christians have prayed for the dead and have undertaken works of penance on their behalf. There is scriptural basis for this intercessory prayer for the sins of others and for the dead in the Old Testament. Job's sacrifices purified his sons (Job 1:5); and Judas Maccabeus "made atonement for the dead that they be delivered from their sin" (II Macc 12:46). 
As the church militant, we are privileged to pray for those who have gone before us. We don't know the state of their souls at the time of death. Many will go through a period of purgation so that they will have all stain of sin burned off and can then enter Heaven to see God face to face. 

Today is a great day to go to a cemetery along with your children or other members of your family and visit the graves of your family members. My parents often visited the graves at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio when I was a child. They would pull weeds, edge around the tomb stones, plant flowers and say prayers. 

It is also a great day to go to mass, see separate posting on gaining the indulgence for your loved ones or for those who have no one to pray for them.

One of the things we do every November is to cluster all the photographs of our deceased friends and families on a big poster board. You can also use a shelf or small table. We take time to teach the younger children who these people are; Nana Kavanaugh, Grandpa "JoJo",  and our relatives and grandparents that they never met. 

I highly recommend Susan Tassone's books about praying  for the Holy Souls, see http://susantassone.com/books/ 
Susan has done a great deal of writing and praying on this topic.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Julie,

    My son Charlie died on June 3rd, this year. He would have been 26 tomorrow Nov. 2nd. Please add him to your prayer list. Thank you and God Bless you.

    Christina Winstead

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