Why All Saints Day is Important

November 1 is All Saints Day and a Holy Day of Obligation. It is a glorious day and one of my favorite Solemnities. Unfortunately, it is basically overshadowed by Halloween (which is technically “All Hallow’s Eve,” the vigil of All Saint’s day). However, All Saint’s day is a solemnity and a holy day of obligation for a reason: it is a very important feast for us Catholics.

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Some Background: History of All Saints Day

All Saints Day is a very OLD feast day, dating back to the beginning of Christianity. Think back to the catacombs. They were created to bury and honor the martyrs who were killed during the persecutions. As more and more people were martyred for the faith, the celebration expanded to include everyone, known and unknown. Urban IV included the feast to “to supply any deficiencies in the faithful’s celebration of saints’ feasts during the year” (New Advent).

Later, Pope Gregory IV extended the celebration to all saints, martyred or no. He also enjoined the clergy to celebrate the feast every year on November 1. It has been celebrated on that day every since.

Why All Saint’s Day is Important to You

All Saint’s Day reminds us that the journey of our lives lead to heaven! All those saints who have “fought the good fight,” canonizedĀ  or not, inspire us and encourage us to keep up the fight ourselves. Life certainly is a fight at times.

We live in a world where wrong is right and right is wrong. Faith in God and in the divine is all but lost and we face so many struggles and obstacles we wonder if it is all worth it. IT IS!

We can look to the saints who have come before us and be strengthened knowing that others have made it before us and we can make it too! Keep up the faith and trust in God.

Celebration Suggestions

Besides Mass, which is obligatory, All Saint’s Day is a great day to pray the Litany of the Saints. This is such a beautiful prayer. The sung version of the prayer is so lovely, too.

Another way to celebrate this solemnity is to learn about some saints you aren’t familiar with. There have been many newly canonized saints over the last few years, so why not start with one of those?

If you have little ones, have an All Saint’s Party! My son’s homeschool co-op has an All Saint’s Party every year and it is so much fun! Each child gives three clues about the saint he or she is dressed up as and the other children have to guess. You can even offer prizes to the winners if you wanted.

I hope and pray that you take some time to go deeper in your understanding of his most wonderful solemnity!

God bless,

 

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All Saints Day

All Saints Day is this Sunday, November 1. It is a glorious solemnity wherein the Catholic Church celebrates all of the saints, known and unknown. It is definitely one of my favorite Solemnities in the liturgical calendar. This year, since it falls on Sunday, it is a holy day of obligation (as are all Sundays).

Celebrating All Saints Day

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Sadly, here in the United States, if All Saints Day falls during the week it is no longer a holy day of obligation. I almost wish it was always a holy day of obligation because it is a wonderful thing to celebrate all the saints, whether they have been officially canonized or not. Why? Because they are where we want to be! They “fought the good fight,” won the battle, and now live forever with the Triune God. That’s worth celebrating if you ask me. šŸ˜‰

One way to celebrate (besides going to Mass, of course!), is to pray the Litany of the Saints. It is such a beautiful prayer – and even more beautiful when sung! Here is a lovely version that I found on YouTube:

Another great way to celebrate is to read up on a saint (or few) that you do not know about yet. The Church has lifted up many saints as examples for us and when we read about them we can get inspired. Here are a few of my favorite saints.

For information about the history of All Saints Day, go here and here. Speaking of history, did you know that the word Halloween came from “All Hallow’s Eve?” It originally was a day of fasting and preparation for all Saints Day; however, over the years it unfortunately evolved to the scary, spooky, commercial day it is now.

(Yep, I am not a fan of Halloween. I don’t like all the emphasis on ghouls and scary things. I know it is supposed to be fun but I don’t see anything fun about glorifying evil in any way – even in jest – because there is nothing glorious or good about evil. Anyone with me or am I the only one?)

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