On Thursday, November 1st we celebrate the first and Category A Component of the Church – THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT. All Christians believe in our final home in HEAVEN, where our Fathers and Mothers in Faith, the Saints have reached already. The Saints have fought a good fight and have finished the race winning the crown of Glory. The saints shine with brightening lights showing us the way to reach our final destination on our pilgrimage of faith.
On Friday, November 2nd, we celebrate a third category of the church – THE CHURCH SUFFERING, signifying the Souls in Purgatory. They are those who worshipped with us and have passed on yet to reach the destination of the Glory of the Father.
In communion with the saints we in the present church, the second category – THE CHURCH MILITATANT, pray for the church suffering to be enabled to reach home so that they can join the saints to intercede for us struggling in faith for our final home one day.
Thus on ALL SAINTS DAY, all of us are obliged to join in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist interceding the assistance of the saints to brighten our way to the Father. As contained in the Eucharistic prayer of the saints, we pray – “Father all-powerful and ever-living God…..their (the saints) glory fills us with joy, and their communion with us in your church gives us inspiration and strength, as we hasten on our pilgrimage of faith, eager to meet them”.
All Souls Day is a special day of prayer for all our brothers and sisters who have gone ahead of us passing through a process of purification in Purgatory. Let us join the whole church at Mass to commemorate our deceased relatives, church members, dear ones, spouses, parents, children, colleagues, and even the unknown, at Mass and pray for their souls. We can do so by offering Intentions in their memory, lightening candles and submitting their names as we can remember so that we all pray for them. Let us remember that we shall all go one day and may need others to pray for us, so it is our turn now also to pray for others. All names for the Mass will be compiled and prayed for in the Masses of the day.
– Blessings, Fr. Seth