Today is All Saints Day, a day where we celebrate the Church Triumphant – all those who are in heaven with God, both formally recognized Saints by the church, and those unrecognized.
All Saints Day was first established as a universal feast in the fourth century as the Feast of All Martyrs. It was extended to celebrate All Saints in the eighth century and made a holy day of obligation in the ninth century. Since this feast falls on a Friday this year, you are not required to abstain from meat or make an alternate sacrifice as is the usual practice for Fridays. Since it is a holy day of obligation, make sure you attend Mass today.
Ideas for Liturgical Living:
*Recite the Litany for All Saints and include the patron saints of your family.
*A cute video explaining All Saints Day to your kids.
*For discussion on the Mass readings for today: Solemnity of All Saints