Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Catholic Church will celebrate Mass on All Saints Day (Nov. 1st) at 7:00am (chapel); 10:00am (church) and 7:00pm (church).
A BRIEF HISTORY OF ALL SAINTS DAY
All Saints’ Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. It should not be confused with All Souls’ Day, which is observed on November 2, and is dedicated to those who have died and not yet reached heaven.
Although millions, or even billions of people may already be saints, All Saints’ Day observances tend to focus on known saints –that is those recognized in the canon of the saints by the Catholic Church.
All Saints’ Day is also commemorated by members of the Eastern Orthodox Church as well as some protestant churches, such as Anglican, Lutheran and Anglican churches.
Generally, All Saints’ Day is a Catholic Holy Day of Obligation, meaning all Catholics are required to attend Mass on that day, unless they have an excellent excuse, such as serious illness.
Other countries have different rules according to their national bishop’s conferences. The bishops of each conference have the authority to amend the rules surrounding the obligation of the day.
All Saints’ Day was formally started by Pope Boniface IV, who consecrated the Pantheon at Rome to the Virgin Mary and all the Martyrs on May 13 in 609 AD. Boniface IV also established All Souls’ Day, which follows All Saints.
The choice of the day may have been intended to co-opt the pagan holiday “Feast of the Lamures,” a day which pagans used to placate the restless spirits of the dead.
The holy day was eventually established on November 1 by Pope Gregory III in the mid-eighth century as a day dedicated to the saints and their relics. The May 13 celebration was subsequently abandoned.
In Ireland, the Church celebrated All Saints’ Day on April 20, to avoid associating the day with the traditional harvest festivals and pagan feasts associated with Samhain, celebrated at the same time.
Following the establishment of the Frankish Empire, and following the reign of Charlemagne, the holy day, which was already celebrated on November 1, became a holy day of obligation by decree of Pope Gregory IV and Louis the Pious, who was king over a portion of Charlemagne’s former empire.
Following the Protestant Reformation, many Protestants retained the holy day, although they dismissed the need to pray for the dead. Instead, the day has been used to commemorate those who have recently died, usually in the past year, and to remember the examples of those who lived holy lives.
The Catholic practice however, celebrates all those who have entered heaven, including saints who are recognized by the Church and those who are not.
All Saints’ Day is on November 1, and it is a Holy Day of Obligation.
All Souls’ Day in on November 2, and it is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation.
(edited from http://www.catholic.org/saints/allsaints/)
Proverbs 24 Community: Witness. Pray. Serve.
Rescue those being led away to death; intervene on behalf of those staggering toward slaughter. Proverbs 24:11
The Proverbs 24 Community is a collaborative effort of several Catholic parishes in Washington, D.C. and was created in response to the opening of a new Planed Parenthood abortion facility in our neighborhood. We invite you to join us in prayer and witness. On designated Saturdays, you will be able to serve in one of three ways:
– Witness: Walk, pray, and give quiet witness outside the facility. We will transport you to the location.
– Pray: Pray in church in front of the Blessed Sacrament while others are at the clinic praying.
– Cook: Help prepare a meal for all participants to share at the end of the Witness event.
Stay tuned for our next witness event. When the date has been set, please visit www.Proverbs24.eventbrite.com if you are interested in coming and let us know!
Never done something like this before, or are you maybe a bit hesitant? Please prayerfully consider joining us! You are welcome to come and pray or help with the meal as a way to learn more about this community.
Please email P24community@gmail.com with any questions.
We invite you to begin using our new myParish App, offering great ways to be connected to our church:
- Messages – get informed about news and events
- Calendar – events and meetings at our parish
- Parish News
- Groups – keep up with the ministries that interest you
- Readings – Bible readings for the day at your fingertips
- Available for both Apple & Android Smartphones
- Many more features — see MyParish App website for details
- See the introductory videos below
Introduction Video to myParish App
myParish App Demo
Join our young adults (ages 18 to 40ish) for a bible study every Tuesday night at 8pm. Come and meet other young adults in the parish and bring a friend. Great opportunity to discuss the bible with the Pastor and other guest clergy while meeting other young adults. Even if you cannot make it every Tuesday then drop by when you can.