All Souls Day is celebrated around the world on November 2nd. This is an important holiday for believers – today people read prayers for those who have gone to another world. It is believed that the message to God will help the souls of the departed to find eternal peace and move on to eternal life.
The first mention of prayer for the dead is embodied in the book of Mahabi. This was before the birth of Jesus: during the battles against the ruler under the leadership of Judas Maccabee. In one of the battles, the group lost many soldiers. Before their burial, Judas gathered an army and prayed for a long time that the Almighty would forgive the dead for their sinful deeds.
Some religions believe that souls go to a special place after death – Purgatory. There is atonement for sins through torment, and only then the soul is sent to the Kingdom of God. Prayers are meant to relieve suffering.
Among Christians, All Souls Day is distributed by monks from France. They chose a specific day to pray for the souls of those who were in Purgatory in 998 BC. Initially, the holiday was held at the local level, then moved to the regional. Later celebrated by all Catholic churches.
- the meaning of Purgatory is the fight against bad human habits, character traits, sins;
- a person experiences in this place equivalent suffering that he caused others, but in a threefold amount;
- through pain, the soul understands the horror of the deed and is cleansed;
- Saint Catherine wrote that souls experience the joy of purification, the soul becomes light and open to divine forces.
How to celebrate
Visit the grave of a loved one, bring flowers, clean up the territory, pray. Go to church for a service and turn to God, even if you are not a parishioner. Live so that you do not have to go through suffering in another world – be kinder, more attentive to others, ask sincere forgiveness for offensive actions.
When is All Souls Day celebrated in 2022?
All Souls Day is observed on November 2 each year.