Thursday, November 3, 2011

Recipes for November ~ Month Dedicated to the Holy Souls

"Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. As a reminder of our duty to pray for the suffering faithful in Purgatory, the Church has dedicated the month of November to the Holy Souls. The Holy Souls are those who have died in the state of grace but who are not yet free from all punishment due to their unforgiven venial sins and all other sins already forgiven for which satisfaction is still to be made. They are certain of entering Heaven, but first they must suffer in Purgatory. The Holy Souls cannot help themselves because for them the night has come, when no man can work (John 9:4). It is our great privilege of brotherhood that we can shorten their time of separation from God by our prayers, good works, and, especially, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass."

In addition to praying for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, here are a few ideas for celebrating the feast days in November, from the archives:

November 1, All Saints Day (New, Trad.):

November 2, All Souls Day (New, Trad.):

November 3, St. Martin de Porres (New, Trad.):

November 3, St. Hubert:

November 10, St. Leo the Great (New):

November 11, St. Martin of Tours ~ Martinmas (New, Trad.):

November 13, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (New):

November 16, St. Margaret of Scotland (New):

November 16, St. Gertrude (New, Trad.):
  • Various Ideas can be found in the archives under the labels for her symbols:  Lily, Crown and Heart.

November 17, St. Elizabeth of Hungary (New):

November 18, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (New):

November 19, St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Trad):
(See November 17th)

November 21, The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (New, Trad.):

November 25, St. Catherine of Alexandria (New, Trad.):

November 30, St. Andrew (New, Trad.):

Last Sunday of Ordinary Time, Feast of Christ the King (New):


We pray for the dead every time we eat if we pray the After Meal Blessing:

We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, O Almighty God, Who livest and reignest forever. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

O Mother Most Merciful, Pray for the Souls in Purgatory!
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