FYI RE: Halloween, All Saints Day & All Souls Day
Together these three days of remembrance of the dead form the triduum (a religious observance lasting three days) of Hallowtide or Allhallowtide. People traditionally visit the graves of deceased relatives during this time.
This year, 2021, the Solemnity of All Saints falls on a Monday. Consequently, it is a holy day, but not of precept in the United States. Therefore, the faithful are encouraged, but not obliged to attend Mass on All Saints’ Day this year. Moreover, the following norms apply:
Since the choice of Mass on a given day weights the precept, Masses celebrated on the evening of Sunday, October 31st after 4:00 PM are Masses for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time. The prayers and readings used are for Sunday, not for the Solemnity of All Saints. And since the choice in the celebration of the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) does not weigh precept, Evening Prayer I of All Saints is celebrated on the evening of Saturday, October 31st.
“Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed”, All Souls’ Day is often seen as a continuation and extension of the All Saints’ Day celebrations conducted the day before. While All Saints’ Day is dedicated to those who are in heaven, All Souls’ Day is a day of prayer for those who have died but have not yet reached heaven. The custom of placing lit candles on the graves of deceased relatives on All Saints’ Day often continues into All Souls’ Day.
Let us continue in our prayers for all our faithful departed during this time of remembrance. Amen!