Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy All Saints' Day!

All Saints' Day officially the Solemnity of All Saints and also called All Hallows or Hallowmas, often shortened to All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated on 1 November by parts of Western Christianity, in honor of all the saints, known and unknown.
The day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven and is a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries. The next day, All Souls' Day, commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet reached heaven.
Catholics celebrate All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day because of the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual communion between those in the state of grace who have died and are either being purified in purgatory or are in heaven (the 'church penitent' and the 'church triumphant', respectively), and the 'church militant' who are the living. Different Christian traditions define, remember and respond to the saints in very different ways.
Who are the saints you admire? How are you living a saintly example? Let’s design some layouts to answer these questions!