All Souls

Nov 2, 2023

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Today, November 2 we celebrate the Feast of All Souls and this month of November is named as the month of the Holy Souls.

In this month we make time to remember those who have died. We pray for those whom we have loved in life on earth. We pray for those who have loved us. We also remember those who have no one to remember them.

I am thinking of a couple of people in particular as I mark this feast, one a friend and one a family member, both are now in God’s kind keeping until the day of resurrection, and I miss them.

It is traditional to take time in November to visit the graves of our loved ones. The image above is of my parents’ grave, and the green cross rested on my father’s coffin during his Funeral Mass.

Pope Benedict reflected beautifully on the practice of visiting cemeteries in the month of November a few years ago. You might recognise this quotation since I’ve used it here before – but I share it again because I have never heard it said better:

“…the Church invites us to commemorate all the faithful departed, to turn our eyes to the many faces who have gone before us and who have ended their earthly journey…during these days we go to the cemetery to pray for the loved ones who have left us, as it were paying a visit to show them, once more, our love, to feel them still close, remembering also, and article of the creed: in the communion of saints there is a close bond between us who are still walking here upon the earth and those many brothers and sisters who have already entered eternity.

“Human beings have always cared for their dead and sought to give them a sort of second life through attention, care and affection, In a way, we want to preserve their experience of life; and paradoxically by looking at their graves, before which countless memories return, we remember how they lived, what they loved, what they feared, what they hoped for and what they hated, They are almost a mirror of their world.”  Pope Benedict XVI. All Souls Day 2011

This is also a good opportunity to teach children about our Christian confidence in death as the transition to the fulness of life. Children learn most easily with experience. To take children to the graves of friends and family is a sure and certain way to overcome their secular Halloween fears about a cemetery as a spooky place by teaching them about the cemetery as a place of Christian hope.

You might teach your children this simple and traditional prayer:

Eternal Rest grant to them/him/her O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon them/him/her
May they/he/she rest in peace.
Amen

During this November month of the Holy Souls you might like to use the PRAYER REQUESTS page at this link to list the names of those who have died that we might together pray for them and for those they loved in life on earth.  Take a moment now to add their initials and know that Food For Faith readers are praying for them especially throughout this month.

 

27 Comments

  1. Please pray for the souls of ILH, PSH, NMH and PJH. Thank you!

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    • Please pray for NS and DS, MS

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    • Please pray for my sister Lucia and for Bill Overbeek, rest in peace.

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    • thank you Fr Johnexcellent reflection
      pray for MAC M&A &m&P&K&Lall D family .

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  2. Please pray for the soul of my beloved sister who dies in February this year KdT

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    • Please keep these souls in your intentions JC , JC, NG, JG, NP, CP
      Thank you

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  3. Please pray for the souls of GALS,WJLS and EJMS
    Thank you

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  4. Please pray for OJH JBC MCM

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  5. Please pray for the souls of my parents LB and HB

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  6. Please pray for MM OM PL FB SB VS family and friends

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  7. Please pray for JJC MSS GS MCM PRS AFS LDP

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  8. Please pray for JR ,,JF

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  9. My beloved departed parents. APJ and LF.
    Parents in law JW and JE. RIP.

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  10. May the souls of AJB, DMO’C, GBO’C, MJ, WO’C, VO’C, BO’C, and all my other family and friends rest in everlasting peace. God bless.

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  11. Rest in the Peace of Christ

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  12. May his DMCK soul rest in peace

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  13. Eternal rest grant unto the souls of VG MG MP MG CG may they and as lol deceased members of my family
    May they rest in peace

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  14. Eternal rest grant unto the souls of VG MG MP MG CG may they test in peace

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  15. I give thanks for the lives of KW. WP, PM, SH, EH and many other family and friends. May you all be resting in peace in the presence of our God

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  16. Please pray for CP AD MD JH KH MD
    JH MJ FD

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  17. Praying for all holy souls especially family and friends of A and A.
    Ken, Edna, Jessie, Rebecca and Bob, William, Kevin and all our extended family who have died.
    may they rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen.
    Anne

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  18. For my oldest sister, who died in Feb this year and for my youngest sister who died in June this year.
    For my deceased parents, uncles and aunties and for my family ancestors. May they be at peace in heaven.

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  19. Please remember all the departed Sisters of St Joseph.

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  20. For my father RC, my brother RCJr. grandparents, PC, BC, LA, NA, DD, LD, FD and all my friends, relatives and souls in the purgatory.

    Thank you,

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  21. For the deceased members of the Sheridan, Tosh, Tierney, Rawson, McDonald, Thompson and McCreadie families.

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  22. Please pray for my husband MC

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