On this day we pray for those who have died and you’re invited to come to Mass and have the name of your departed loved ones read out.
On Monday 2nd November 2020 there are Masses at St Mary’s at 9.30am and 7.30pm; there is Mass at the Good Shepherd at 12.15pm. These will have Holy Communion, a couple of hymns (sung by a cantor or choir as congregational singing is not allowed), bible readings and a sermon. If you’ve submitted a name before the day, those names will be read out during the Mass. You do not have to book to reserve a space. It’s COVID secure with 2 metres distance being kept and masks being worn.
Death cannot separate us from the love of God, proclaims St Paul, and when we pray we are asking that God’s love work in our lives and in the lives of others, including those who have died. The Church is the Body of Christ and has members here on earth and in Heaven and journeying towards Heaven. We pray for those journeying towards Heaven on All Souls’ Day.
All Souls’ Day comes at the end of a series of three days. Hallowe’en is the day when the conquering of the evil spirits is celebrated and falls on the eve of All Hallows’ Day (All Saints’ Day), which is 1st November. On this day we ask for the prayers of the saints who worship Jesus in Heaven already. The following day we pray those we have known that they may know the peace Christ offers when he says, “Come you blessed of my Father.”