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Catholic Diocese of Little Rock
Published: October 29, 2019
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon them.
And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Msgr. Francis Malone, JCL, PA, will celebrate the annual All Souls Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. After the Mass, he will lead a procession through the cemetery praying the rosary and blessing graves. The cemetery is located at the corner of Wright Avenue and South Woodrow Street in Little Rock. Get driving directions from your location. The main entrance is off of Charles Bussey Avenue. If it rains, the Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock at 10 a.m. All are invited to participate. For more information, contact Lucinda Akel (501) 664-0340, ext 387.
The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, or All Souls Day, is the feast day dedicated to praying for all those who have died and are in purgatory. Souls in purgatory "have not yet been purified" in order to enter heaven. That said, the Church teaches those in purgatory will get to heaven eventually and our prayers help them get there.
"All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1030) Our prayers can help them "atone for their sins and enter into heaven." That is why Catholic parishes celebrate All Souls Day Masses, hold special prayer services and adoration times, bless graves, have rosary processions at cemeteries and place the photos of deceased loved ones near the altar in church.
All Souls Day should not be confused with All Saints Day, which is celebrated on Friday, Nov. 1. All Saints Day celebrates the saints who have already entered heaven and we ask them to pray for us so we can follow their example. It is a holy day of obligation to attend Mass.
To learn more about this feast day, read Why we pray for all souls today or 20 ways to pray for the holy souls in purgatory. To find out how All Souls Day will be celebrated in your area, contact a parish near you.