November 2: All Souls Day

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Today is All Souls Day, where we remember the Church Suffering, those who have died and are in Purgatory, waiting to be united with our Lord.

All Souls Day was first celebrated during the tenth century, and eventually put on the Roman calendar in the 13th century.  Though praying for the dead is mentioned in 2 Maccabees, it was also mentioned by Tertullian in the second century.

Ideas for Liturgical Living:

*Bake Soul Cakes.

*Visit a cemetery. Stop by a few individual headstones and lay a rose, and/or pray the Eternal Rest Prayer.

*Read Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages, and Warnings from Purgatory, by Gerard J.M. van den Aardweg.

*For discussion on the Mass readings for the Day: Solemnity of All Souls, The Lanky Guys

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