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This article is about the religious holiday.
All Souls' Day by William Bouguereau
Also called
Feast of All Souls; Defuncts' Day; Commemoration of the Faithful Departed
Observed by
Western liturgical churches and Eastern Christians
Christian Date
(West) 2 November
 (East) Several times during the year
Prayer for the departed (especially Requiem Masses), observances in cemeteries, special meals
Related to Hallowmas,
All Saints Day, Day of the Dead
Frequency: annually


In Western Christianity, All Souls' Day,
also known as the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed,
[1] is observed principally in the Catholic Church,
although some churches of Anglican Communion and the Old Catholic Churches
also celebrate it;[1]the observance is the third day of Hallowmas
and annually occurs on November 2.[2] The Eastern Orthodox Church
observes several All Souls' Days during the year.

The Roman Catholic celebration is associated with the doctrine that the souls
of the faithful who at death have not been cleansed from the temporal punishment
due to venial sins and from attachment to mortal sins cannot immediately attain
the beatific vision in heaven, and that they may be helped to do so by prayer
and by the sacrifice of the Mass.[3] In other words, when they died,
they had not yet attained full sanctification and moral perfection,
a requirement for entrance into Heaven. This sanctification is carried out
posthumously in Purgatory.

The official name of the celebration in the Roman Rite liturgy of the Roman
Catholic Church is "The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed".[3]
Another popular name in English is Feast of All Souls. In some other languages
the celebration, not necessarily on the same date, is known as Day of the Dead.

The Western celebration of All Souls' Day is on 2 November and follows
All Saints' Day. In the ordinary form of the Roman Rite, if 2 November falls
on a Sunday, the Mass is of All Souls, but the Liturgy of the Hours is that
of the Sunday, though Lauds and Vespers for the Dead in which the people
participate may be said. In the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite and in
the Anglican Communion, All Souls Day is instead transferred,
whenever 2 November falls on a Sunday, to the next day, 3 November.

The Eastern Orthodox Church dedicates several days throughout the year to
the dead, mostly on Saturdays, because of Jesus' resting in the Holy Sepulchre
on that day. In the Methodist Church, saints refer to all Christians and therefore,
on All Saint's Day, the Church Universal, as well as the deceased members
of a local congregation are honored and remembered

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