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What's the difference between All Saints and All Souls?

Are all souls saints? And don't all the saints have souls? Well, while the souls of saints are certainly in heaven, not all souls are so lucky.

On All Saints All´ Saints`

1. The first day of November, called, also, Allhallows or Hallowmas; a feast day kept in honor of all the saints; also, the season of this festival.
 Day, Catholics honor and pray for the intercession intercession,
n a prayer in which a request is made on behalf of another person.
 of canonized can·on·ize  
tr.v. can·on·ized, can·on·iz·ing, can·on·iz·es
1. To declare (a deceased person) to be a saint and entitled to be fully honored as such.

2. To include in the biblical canon.

 saints and celebrate the communion of saints--all the baptized bap·tize  
v. bap·tized, bap·tiz·ing, bap·tiz·es
1. To admit into Christianity by means of baptism.

a. To cleanse or purify.

b. To initiate.

 in heaven, purgatory, and on earth. On All Souls Day, Catholics pray for those souls in purgatory, that they may be hurried along the path to heaven.

Canonized saints are believed to be already in full communion with God. In other words Adv. 1. in other words - otherwise stated; "in other words, we are broke"
put differently
, the church confirms that these souls have made it to heaven. The souls we pray for on All Souls Day are not in heaven yet, but being "purified."

There are varied theological interpretations of heaven, hell, and purgatory. And certainly many Catholics hold personal beliefs about the afterlife that may include only one, two, or all three of these destinations, but official church teaching on the matter does include the existence of purgatory.

The celebration of All Souls Day developed after the idea of purgatory grew in popularity. Because not all the dead were being honored on All Saints Day, another day was set aside on which those souls still in purgatory could benefit from the prayers of the living. All Saints Day is November 1 of every year, and is a holy day of obligation, which means Catholics are required to attend Mass on this day. All Souls Day is November 2 and not a holy day of obligation.

In the first centuries after Christ's death, the word saint was synonymous with martyr, but eventually the definition expanded to mean people who lived exemplary lives according to God's will. Early Christians celebrated the anniversary of the death of a local martyr at the martyr's tomb. Soon, the practice spread beyond the local area, and eventually a commemoration for all saints was established, originally taking place on varied dates including the Friday after Easter and the Sunday after Pentecost. In the ninth century the date of November I was set for the Western church. The Eastern church still celebrates All Saints on the Sunday after Pentecost.

The night before All Saints Day is, of course, Halloween, a name that comes from All Hallows' Eve, though its rituals are rooted in a pagan festival centered on death and the coming of evil spirits. Some believe that All Saints Day was moved to November 1 to counteract the ghouls, demons Demons
See also devil; evil; ghosts; hell; spirits and spiritualism.


one who denies the existence of the devil or demons.

bogyism, bogeyism

recognition of the existence of demons and goblins.
, and devils that were celebrated on October 31.

As Catholics, we pray for the intercession of the saints in heaven to help us in our earthly lives. All Saints Day is essentially a celebration of the lives and deaths of all the saints, especially the lesser-known ones who don't earn frequent mention, and all who are included in the communion of saints--canonized or not. It is a day to remember our beloved dead, especially those who passed in the last year. At many parishes, a list of the deceased from the past year is included in the litany of saints.

Catholics believe in the communion of the saints, that all of the baptized in heaven, purgatory, and on Earth remain connected and are part of the one Body of Christ
This article is about the religious concept. For article about the sect, see The Body of Christ.

The Body of Christ is a term used by Christians to describe believers in Christ. Jesus Christ is seen as the "head" of the body, which is the church.
. Theologian Elizabeth Johnson calls All Saints Day the "festival par excellence of the communion of saints The Communion of Saints is the union of all the "saints" which is all of the church on Earth, in heaven, and in purgatory. They are a single body, in which each member contributes to the good of all and shares in the welfare of all. , giving comfort and consolation to those who are grieving the loss of beloved persons and awakening in all community members hope and joy in their solidarity with the friends of God and prophets of all ages." USC An abbreviation for U.S. Code.  

By TARA K. DIX Dix   , Dorothea Lynde 1802-1887.

American philanthropist, reformer, and educator who was a pioneer in the movement for specialized treatment of the mentally ill.

Noun 1.
, assistant editor of U.S. CATHOLIC.
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Title Annotation:Glad you asked: Q&A on church teaching
Author:Dix, Tara K.
Publication:U.S. Catholic
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2003
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