November 02, 2006

The Benedictine beginning of All Souls Day on November 2

In A.D. 998, St. Odilo, abbot of the Benedictine abbey at Cluny in France, ordered All Souls’ Day to be celebrated in monasteries on Nov. 2. He also urged Pope John XIX to bring the celebration to the wider church.

I have posted a homily for the occasion.
Click HERE for it.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today on All Soul's Day, my pastor made this statement:

"Sometimes you hear people praying for the most forgotten soul in purgatory. That is nonsense, as there are no forgotten souls in purgatory."

Given that so many saints have lamented the neglect of souls in purgatory, how much credence should I give this statement?

2:57 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

God has not forgotten any soul in purgatory.

Anytime the Church prays for the faithful departed, as she does in every Mass, she prays for every soul in purgatory.

3:00 PM  

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