Wednesday, 31 October 2007

All Saints' Day (Nov 1st)

All Saints' Day, celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost in honour of all the saints known and unknown, remembers all those who have attained the beatific vision in heaven (i.e. entered Heaven). Halloween is the day preceding it, and is so named because it is "The Eve of All Hallows" (All Hallows being another name for All Saints' Day). And All Saints' Day is tomorrow! So how do you plan to send ur Hallowmas (yep, yet another name for the feast day)?

Btw, All Saints' Day is a Holy Day of Obligation. And what is a HDoO, u may ask? Holy Days of Obligation or Holidays of Obligation, less commonly called Feasts of Precept, are the days on which, as canon 1247 of the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church states, the faithful (Catholics) are obliged to participate in the Mass. Moreover they are to abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body (taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Day_of_Obligation). In other words HDoO are like Sabbath days (Remember the 3rd Commandment? "Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy"?)

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