Sunday October 22, 2017

All Saints' Day


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Thousands of candles burning to honor Saints

The next upcomming All Saints Day is celebrated/ observed on Wednesday November 1st, 2017. All Saints' Day is held on November 1 each year and celebrates all the Saints especially the Saints who are not honored on other days of the year. All Souls Day is the day after and reflects on purgatory and death where All Saints day focuses on those souls who have died and went to heaven.

Celebration\ Observance

All Saints day also known as All Hallows, Solemnity of All Saints and Feast of All Saints is celebrated November 1st in the West and the first Sunday after Pentecost in the East. It honors all the Saints and often is celebrated through a feast. The day celebrates that there is a spiritual connection between those in heaven and the living. All Saints' Day is not a national federal holiday but is and observance for Christians to recognize all the Saints in the church.

History

Pope Gregory IV in 837 made all Saints' Day an official holiday. There is speculation about the event being held on November 1, which is the same day as the pagan Festival of the Dead, which would compete with All Saints' Day. Others say, All Saints' Day got its start back in the fourth century where Greek Christians celebrated a festival on the first Sunday after Pentecost in honor of Saints. Today it is a nationally celebrated holiday.


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