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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

2nd November, All Souls Day

All Souls Day

In every Mass a Memento of the Dead is made, but already in the fifth century special masses were said for the dead, and a day of remembrance of the dead is found in many ancient church calendars. The fixing of this solemn celebration on the day following the Feast of All Saints originated with St Odilo of Cluny in 998, and quickly spread throughout Europe. The privilege of saying three masses on this day, formerly granted to Spain, was extended to the whole church by Pope Benedict XV in 1915.

Fidelium Deus omnium conditor, et redemptor, animabus famulorum, famularumque tuarum remissionem cunctorum tribue peccatorum: ut indulgentiam, quam semper optaverunt, piis supplicationibus consequantur.
O God the Creator, and Redeemer of all the faithful, give unto the souls of thy servants men, and women remission of all their sins: that through Godly supplications they may obtain the pardon which they have always wished for.
(Collect for the Dead, from the first Mass of All Souls)

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis. * Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion, et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem: exaudi orationem meam, ad te omnis caro veniet.
Eternal rest give to them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. * A hymn, O God, becometh Thee in Sion; and a vow shall be paid to Thee in Jerusalem: hear my prayer; all flesh shall come to Thee.
(Psalm 64. 2-3, from the Introit of Mass)

Continuation of the Holy Gospel according to St John.
At that time: Martha said to Jesus, Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died: but now also I know that whatsoever Thou wilt ask of God, God will give Thee. Jesus saith to her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith to Him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus saith to her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in Me, although he be dead, shall live; and every one that liveth, and believeth in Me, shall not die for ever. Believest thou this? She saith to Him, Yea, Lord, I have believed that Thou art Christ, the Son of the Living God, who art come into this world.
(St John 11. 21-27, from Mass on the Day of Burial)

Domine Jesu Christe, Rex gloriae, libera animas omnium fidelium defunctorum de poenis inferni et de profundi lacu: libera eas de ore leonis, ne absorbeat eas tartarus, ne cadant in obscurum: sed signifer sanctus Michael repraesentet eas in lucem sanctam: * Quam olim Abrahae promisisti, et semini ejus. V. Hostias et preces tibi, Domine, laudis offerimus: tu suscipe pro animabus illis, quarum hodie memoriam facimus: fac eas, Domine, de morte transire ad vitam. * Quam olim Abrahae promisisti et semini ejus.
O Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory, deliver the souls of all the faithful departed from the pains of hell and from the bottomless pit: deliver them from the lion's mouth, that hell swallow them not up, that they fall not into darkness, but let the standard-bearer, holy Michael, lead them into that holy light; which Thou didst promise of old to Abraham and to his seed. V. We offer to Thee, O Lord, sacrifices and prayers: do Thou receive them in behalf of those souls of whom we make memorial this day. Grant them, O Lord, to pass from death to that life which Thou didst promise of old to Abraham and to his seed.
(Offertorium of Mass)

Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine: * Cum Sanctis tuis in aeternum: quia pius es. V. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis: * Cum Sancis tuis in aeternum: quia pius es.
May light eternal shine upon them, O Lord, * With Thy Saints for evermore, for Thou art gracious. V. Eternal rest give to them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them * with Thy Saints for evermore, for Thou art gracious.
(Communio of Mass)

The Catholic Encyclopaedia on:
All Souls Day:
Prayers for the Dead:
Requiem Masses:

"Help Lord the souls that Thou hast made
The souls to Thee so dear
In prison for the debt unpaid
Of sins committed here."

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