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Toronto Catholic District School Board

All Saints Day

November 1, 2018

 
“They gave themselves first to the Lord and by the will of God, to us.” (2 Corinthians 8:5)                                                                                                                                             
 
(Two perspectives)
  1. All Saints Day, the day on which Catholics celebrate all the saints arose out of the Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom. When martyrdoms increased during the persecutions of the late Roman Empire, local dioceses instituted a common feast day in order to ensure that all martyrs, known and unknown were properly honored.

    The current date of November 1 was instituted by Pope Gregory III (731-741), when he consecrated a chapel to all the martyrs in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and ordered an annual celebration. This celebration was originally confined to the diocese of Rome, but Pope Gregory IV (827-844) extended the feast to the entire Church and ordered it to be celebrated on November 1.
     
  2. All Saints' Day (also known as All Hallows' Day or Hallowmas) is the day after All Hallows' Eve (Hallowe'en). It is a feast day celebrated on 1st November by Anglicans and Roman Catholics.

    It is an opportunity for believers to remember all saints and martyrs, known and unknown, throughout Christian history…

    Remembering saints and martyrs and dedicating a specific day to them each year has been a Christian tradition since the 4th century AD, but it wasn't until 609AD that Pope Boniface IV decided to remember all martyrs. Originally 13th May was designated as the Feast of All Holy Martyrs. Later, in 837AD, Pope Gregory IV extended the festival to remember all the saints, changed its name to Feast of All Saints and changed the date to 1st November.

    We celebrate today the solemnity of All Saints. This invites us to turn our gaze to the immense multitude of those who have already reached the blessed land, and points us on the path that will lead us to that destination. Pope John Paul II, All Saints' Day 2003
 
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TCDSB Resources for All Saints and All Souls Day

All Saints Day Infor Graphic
(Archdiocese of Toronto)

 

 
 
 
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