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All Saints Day

All Saintís Day is celebrated in honor of all saints, known and unknown. It is also known as All Hallows or Hallowmas. It is observed on 1st November in Western Christianity and in Eastern Christianity it is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. The Roman Catholic Church celebrates this day. Western Christian theology commemorates every saint who has attained the virtuous vision in Heaven. All Soulís Day falls on the very next day of All Saintís Day. The All Soulís Day exclusively memorializes the departed faithful who have reached heaven but have not yet been purified. Rich information about All Saintís Day is harmonized in the following account.

History of All Saintsí Day

  • In the East
The Byzantine Emperor, Leo VI ruled in the ninth century. His wife, Empress Theophano lived a devout life. After her death, her husband built a church to dedicate her. On being forbidden to do so, he dedicated it to ĎAll Saints,í so that his wife would also be honored whenever the feast celebration occurs. Tradition says, Leo expanded the feast from a tribute to All Martyrs to a general remembrance of All Saints, whether they were martyrs or not.
  • In the West
Since the day Pope Boniface IV sanctified the Pantheon at Rome to the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs; the banquet of the dedicatio Sanctae Mariae ad Martyres has been celebrated at Rome. May 13th, the chosen day, was a pagan surveillance of ancient times, the zenith of three days of the Feast of the Lemures, in which the malicious and fidgety spirits of the dead were propitiated. Liturgiologists of the Middle Ages supported the idea that this Lemuria festival was the beginning of All Saints Day on their indistinguishable dates and on the analogous theme of Ďall the deadí.

All Saintsí Day Worship Service

All Saintís Day is a festival that is very special and worship lives of everyone observing it are enriched. Faithful men and women of both the Testaments of the Holy Bible are recalled. A majority of faithful Christians known only to God are also commemorated. The saints of the less distant past are also remembered. A lot of congregations remember those parishioners who went to the Lord in recent years, mainly in the last year.† Worship service of All Saintsí Day is a particularly personal celebration because people recall their loved ones who were called to be with God and whose faith in Christ stimulated us. God is glorified for the faithfulness of the saints and for His faithfulness towards the saints.†

On All Saintís Day the solemnity of All Saints is celebrated. In several historically Catholic countries it is a national holiday. This day can be seen as the outline of the grand church festivals and seasons of Christmas, Lent, Advent, Epiphany, Easter, Pentecost and Holy Week. All Saintís Day reminds us that Christians are made saints in the Godís sight only by the ideal life and saving death of Jesus Christ.


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