Friday, November 02, 2007

All Soul's Day

Today is All Soul's Day, traditionally a day to remember those who have gone before us, especially those who have passed away in the past year.

In my family, my great Aunt Isabelle, who was in her 90's passed away, as well as my cousin's husband, Malcolm, who was in his 80's. My mother's dear friend, Betty died about a month or so ago. She was 80. Also, very recently, my mom's sister, June, passed away. She was 74.

Today is also the 20th anniversary of my father's death. He died on November 2, 1987. He was 57.

So, lets take a minute to remember all those who have died, especially recently.

Eternal Rest grant unto them,
O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.

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

Amen.

4 comments:

Divine Mercy said...

that is a very nice photo:)

Coffee Catholic said...

What I've always wondered is, where did Halloween come from and what does it have to do with All Souls?? Hey...is that Saint Philomena in Divine Mercy's post up there?!

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

As far as I understand it, there were various pagan festivals around the beginning of November. Remembering those who went before us was originally done in May in the Church, but it was changed to Early November as a way of accommodating new Christians whose customs had grown around these other pagan holidays. I think this time of year makes sense, actually.

And yes, I think that is St. Philomena.

Divine Mercy said...

it issaint philomena. she is my patron saint.

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