All Souls

All Souls

All Souls. Yesterday we celebrated the feast of All Saints; today we turn our thoughts to those who have departed from this earth, but for some reason are not yet worthy to enter Heaven – the Church Suffering.  It is our duty to pray for these souls, since the Church teaches us that they can do nothing to help themselves, but must await our prayers and supplications on their behalf.  Each priest has the privilege of celebrating three Masses on this day, from which one must be for all the souls in purgatory and another for those souls for whom Mass should have been offered, but which were not during the French Revolution when many priests suffered death.  The three parts of the Church make up the Communion of Saints: we pray to the canonised (official) saints in Heaven for ourselves and for the Holy Souls; they in their turn supplicate God for us; and we pray for the souls in purgatory, that they may, through our intercession, be released from purgatory; we pray for each other here on earth as we suffer from want and temptation.

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