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31 October 2021


The Church Triumphant.
The Church Militant.
The Church Suffering.
Illustration taken from UNA VOCE OF ORANGE COUNTY
who reproduce Text and Illustrations from Saint Andrew's Daily Missal,
1952 Edition, with the kind permission of
Artist: René de Cramer.
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All Hallows' Eve (31 October), All Saints' Day (also known as All Hallow's Day) (1 November), and All Souls' Day (2 November) are referred to as Allhallowtide and are a time of honouring The Saints and Praying for all departed Souls.

The term "Hallow" means "Holy". It is recited in The Lord's Prayer: "Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name" (Mt 6:9).

Indulgences for The Holy Souls In Purgatory: The month of November is dedicated to The Holy Souls in Purgatory and is a privileged time to Pray for them. The Church Commemorates all her Faithful children, who have departed from this life, but have not yet attained the joys of Heaven.

Saint Paul warns us that we must not be ignorant concerning the dead, nor sorrowful, "even as others who have no hope . . . The Lord, Himself, shall come down from Heaven . . . and The Dead, who are in Christ, shall rise."

The Church has always taught us to Pray for those who have gone into Eternity. Even in The Old Testament, Prayers and Alms were offered for The Souls of The Dead by those who thought "well and Religiously concerning The Resurrection." It was believed that "they, who had fallen asleep with Godliness, had great Grace laid up for them", and that "it is, therefore, a Holy and wholesome thought to Pray for The Dead, that they may be loosed from sins."

We know that a defiled Soul cannot enter into Heaven. God, Lord of Mercies, grant to the Souls of Your servants and handmaids, the place of refreshment, the bliss of Eternal Rest, and the splendour of Your Light.

From 1 November through to 8 November, if we visit a Cemetery in a spirit of piety and devotion, and Pray, even just mentally, for The Dead, we may gain a Plenary Indulgence for one Holy Soul on each Day of The Octave (on the usual conditions). This special Indulgence is only applicable to The Dead. 

We can Pray any of The Raccolta Prayers: Numbered 582-600, [Editor: From Wikipedia: The Raccolta (literally, "collection" in Italian) is a book, published from 1807 to 1950, that listed Roman Catholic Prayers and other Acts of Piety, such as Novenas, for which specific Indulgences were granted by Popes. In 1968, it was replaced by the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, listing fewer specific Prayers, but including new general grants that apply to a wide range of Prayerful actions. The Text was in Italian, with the Prayers given in Latin.] to accomplish this end, and especially The Dies Irae Sequence
(Raccolta: Number 587).

Using a Traditional Missal, one can Pray a number of the Prayers from the 2 November Mass or a Requiem Mass. In The Catholic Bible (Douay Rheims), it is ideal to Pray Psalm 129 "The De Profundis". Also, on 2 November, we can gain a Plenary Indulgence for The Holy Souls by visiting a Church and piously Praying for The Dead, (One "Our Father" and "Creed" suffice), and fulfilling all the usual conditions for a Plenary Indulgence.

The usual conditions for a Plenary Indulgence are:
1) Pray for the Pope (usually one Our Father one Hail Mary);
2) Worthily receive Holy Communion the day of the Indulgence;
3) Make a Sacramental Confession within a week (before or after);
4) Be free from all attachment to Sin, even Venial Sin. A sincere and devout act of the will to this end suffices. * If we fail in the usual conditions, there is still merit in our good Pious Act, but usually only amounts to a Partial Indulgence.

It should be noted that, according to Traditional Church Discipline and Practice, Fasting and Partial Abstinence are OBLIGATORY on The Vigil of Pentecost and ALL SAINTS DAY. To read more about what The Catholic Church Traditionally teaches on Fasting and Abstinence, visit this Web-Site:

From Fr. Schouppe's book, entitled "Purgatory": "There is in Purgatory, as in Hell, a double pain - the pain of loss and the pain of sense. The pain of loss consists in being deprived from a time of the sight of God. It is a moral thirst which torments our Soul. The pain of sense, of sensible suffering, is the same as that which we experience in our flesh." (p.32).

"Speaking in general, The Doctors [of The Church] agree
in saying that the pains are most excruciating. The same fire, says Saint Gregory, torments The Damned and purifies The Elect. 'Almost all Theologians', says Saint Robert Bellarmine, 'teach that The Reprobate and The Souls in Purgatory suffer the action of the same fire.' It must be held as certain, writes the same Bellarmine, that there is no proportion between the sufferings of this life and those of Purgatory.

Saint Augustine declares precisely the same. They will be saved, no doubt, after The Trial of Fire, but that Trial will be terrible, that torment will be more intolerable than all the most excruciating sufferings in this World. Behold what Saint Augustine says, and what Saint Gregory, Venerable Bede, Saint Anselm, and Saint Bernard, have said, after him. Saint Thomas Aquinas goes even further; he maintains that the least pain of Purgatory surpasses all the sufferings of this life, whatsoever they may be." (pp 33-34).

 Let us, therefore, offer fervent Prayers for The Holy Souls in Purgatory. Monthly Tridentine Masses are offered for all our Benefactors, who are also remembered in our Daily Prayers.
Deo grátias ! / Thank you !

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