All Saints – All Souls


Yesterday was the Solemnity of All Saints, where the church recognises all those who have gone before us in faith and have not yet been beatified or canonised by the church.

Today we celebrate the feast of All Souls, where we are asked to pray for all the souls in Purgatory, as well as throughout the month of November – Month of the Holy Souls. Holy Mother Church reminds us that an indulgence is given in November between 1st and the 8th to those who meet the normal requirements. A Prayer for the souls in Purgatory is a requirement of Christian charity, and it helps us to call to mind our own mortality. This indulgence for a visit to a cemetery encourages us to spend even the briefest of moments in prayer for the dead.

To obtain the plenary indulgence on November 1-November 8, we must receive Communion and sacramental Confession (and have no attachment to sin, even venial). Communion must be received each day we wish to gain the indulgence, but we only need to go to Confession once during the period. And, as with all plenary indulgences, we must pray for the intentions of the Holy Father (one Our Father and one Hail Mary) each day we perform the work of the indulgence.

Historic First Pontifical High Mass at the Throne

Historic: First Pontifical High Mass at the Throne in England since the advent of the new rite

Article from RORATE CÆLI

Bishop Alan Hopes of the Diocese of East Anglia became the first bishop in England to celebrate a Pontifical High Mass at the throne (in his cathedral) in the extraordinary form in modern times on Saturday for the feast of All Saints.
This was also the first time a pontifical high mass has been celebrated in Norwich Cathedral as the church only became such in the 1970s when the Diocese of East Anglia was established.
This was as well the first time that a Pontifical High Mass was celebrated by a bishop in his own cathedral in the ancient see of East Anglia since the death of Bishop John Hopton OP in 1558.

Truly a historic day liturgically for the Catholic Church in England.

[More images here, by Juventutem London]

Solemnity of All Saints (1st November)

There will be a Low Mass offered on Saturday 1st November 2014 at Belmont Abbey – 11am on a side altar by Fr Joseph for the Solemnity of All Saints. If you are able to, please come along and support this Mass.