solemnity of all saints
On November 1st the Church celebrates all her holy ones in heaven, known and unknown, with the feast of All Saints. The solemnity originally began in the 4th century to commemorate all the Christian martyrs killed during those centuries of brutal persecution before Christianity was legalized. There were so many martyrs that a separate feast day could not be given to each one individually, yet, the Church did not want to leave any martyr without proper veneration. A common feast day developed and was usually celebrated in the Easter season. In the 8th century Pope Gregory III consecrated a chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica to all the saints and moved the feast day to November 1st. The feast of All Saints is a Holy Day of Obligation.
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You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all.”
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
True holiness does not mean a flight from the world; rather, it lies in the effort to incarnate the Gospel in everyday life.”
Saint John Paul II, pope
All Ye Holy Men and Women, pray for us
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.