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All Saints Day

Posted by Marge on November 1, 2017 in Spiritual Corner |

Well we made it through Halloween or All Souls Day. I personally had no trick-or-treaters. I think people are starting to have or attend parties. I think that is a safer way to celebrate.

Today is another Christian celebration that honors all saints and martyrs, both known and unknown. The unknowns are Christians who have lived very saintly lives, but have not been recognized or canonized by the church. All Saints’ Day is celebrated because Christians believe that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven and those living. Believers attend church and try not to do any work. 

Christians have been remembering saints, since the fourth century AD. ln the US and other English-speaking countries All Saints’ Day is traditionally celebrated with the hymn “For All the Saints” by Walsham How and by lighting candles of remembrance.

In other countries like Mexico, Guatemala, Spain and Portugal offerings are made on this day. In Mexico the day also ends with the Day Of The Dead, which lasts from October 31 to November 2.
All Saints’ Day is also known as All Hallows’ Day, Hallowmas, Feast of All Saints and Solemnity of All Saints.“Hallow” means a saint, or somebody holy – hence All Hallows’ Day. 

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