Friday, November 2, 2012

All Souls Day

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.


I love All Souls Day. I think even more than All Saints, because it is the day we pray for those "regular" people who have gone before us. We pray for the souls in Purgatory. We pray for those who need us. It is truly a time to give without thought of repayment.
It's also a time to teach kids about family members who are no longer here with us. I get sad sometimes that our kids will never know my dad, or Pat's dad, not to mention "Bub" or the other grandparents. I am happy that some of them knew Uncle Craig. He was a good person to know ;0)

So, today, we learn about some of our ancestors. We went to Mass to pray for them, and others who have died and need our prayers.
Then, off to the cemetery!
It was SO cold, but we managed to stay a while to say some prayers and do some stone rubbings. I needed new crayons but they turned out well enough for the first time.

We brought them home and hung them on the mantle, along with a picture of the person. I like it. I think we will leave them there for a while, to remind us of those who have gone before.
Yet these also were godly men whose virtues have not been forgotten;
Their wealth remains in their families, their heritage with their descendants;
Through God's covenant with them their family endures, their posterity, for their sake.
And for all time their progeny will endure, their glory will never be blotted out;
Their bodies are peacefully laid away, but their name lives on and on.
At gatherings their wisdom is retold, and the assembly proclaims their praise.
Sirach 44:10-15

1 comment:

  1. On every day of the Octave, you can earn a Plenary Indulgence for the Dead (i.e. "get out of Purgatory free") if you pray at a cemetery (and meet the usual conditions for an indulgence). Pretty awesome. Lots of people who need those prayers. We're going to try to go several times.