03 November 2014

Commemoration of All Souls

Due to November 2 falling on Sunday this year, All Souls' Day is celebrated today. There is still time to make Mass today; the Oratory has Solemn High Mass at 6:30pm. If you have never been to a traditional Requiem Mass with the catafalque, it is very striking.

Recall that you can gain a plenary indulgence on behalf of a departed soul each day from November 1-8, inclusive, by visiting any cemetery and praying for the dead, even only mentally. All the other usual conditions apply.

On this day, I also learned that a friend's father has passed away. Please, in your charity, pray for the repose of his soul, the souls of all the faithful departed, and this friend's family.

REQUIEM aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen.

1 comment:

Long-Skirts said...


Yes, I know November
The tolling of the bell
The whispers of the suf’ring souls
From mountain top to dell.

The chilly, gray, damp mornings
The rusting of the leaves
The whispers of the suf'ring souls
Like moans from one who grieves.

And in the windy noon-time
When clouds fight 'gainst sun's might
The whispers of the suf'ring souls
Cry, "Sanctuary light!"

So 'fore the red-glassed candle
Compelled I go to pray
The whispers of the suf'ring souls
Plead, "Sacrifice today!"

Now deep, dark sanctuary
Is lit by candle bold
The whispers of the suf'ring souls...
"Your prayers are autumn gold!"

So like the leaves of autumn
I fall to kneeling posture
The whispers of the suf'ring souls beg,
"Say a Pater Noster!"