According to Catholic Encyclopedia, All Saints Day is….
Solemnity celebrated on the first of November. It is instituted to honour all the saints, known and unknown, and, according to Urban IV, to supply any deficiencies in the faithful’scelebration of saints’ feasts during the year. … In the early days the Christians were accustomed to solemnize the anniversary of a martyr’s death for Christ at the place of martyrdom. In the fourth century, neighbouring dioceses began to interchange feasts, to transfer relics, to divide them, and to join in a common feast; as is shown by the invitation of St. Basil of Caesarea (397) to the bishops of the province of Pontus. Frequently groups of martyrs suffered on the same day, which naturally led to a joint commemoration. In the persecution of Diocletian the number of martyrs became so great that a separate day could not be assigned to each. But the Church, feeling that every martyr should be venerated, appointed a common day for all.
In our Diocese, it is not a holy day of obligation this year. Our priest will supply 2 Masses today, however, instead of the usual one daily Mass. I hope to get to the 0900 Mass (if I’m not getting ready to take MilkyWhite up to the hospital for an xray.)
I think we’ll make a “Paper Saint Parade” like the one found at Thank Evann. You can find lots of other ideas and links for All Saints activities at Catholic Toolbox. You can share what you are doing in your home over at Catholic Icing’s All Saints Day Link Up.
We don’t usually do as much as I think I would like to do because we are also celebrating MilkyWhite’s birthday. She is 12 this year. (more on her in a separate post!)
Happy All Saints Day!