Month of November
Traditionally the month of November is devoted to prayer for our deceased relatives and friends, and those that have nobody to prayer for them, so the Mother Church offers her prayer for these Holy Souls.
The Church believes that those perfected by the Lord’s grace and virtuous life are taken to heaven. Some are known by name and officially presented to the faithful with a special liturgical day of memorial or feast. 1st November is the Solemnity of All Saints, unknown to us by name.
The Church, constantly looking up to heaven, also stands on the firm ground remembering, that not everyone is ready to meet the Lord face to face. Our Soul, if not perfected in earthly life, must go through purification in Purgatory. 2nd November is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, known as All Souls Day and we pray for these souls that cannot help themselves any more, and must look towards us and the Church’s Treasury of Prayer.
Let us make a special effort to pray and offer indulgences (click here to find out more) for the sake of the Souls in Purgatory.
- The plenary indulgence for those who visit a cemetery and pray for the departed, which is normally applicable between 1 to 8 November, will now apply to the entire month of November and need not be on consecutive days.
- The plenary indulgence of All Souls’ Day, 2 November, whereby the faithful may visit a church, chapel or oratory to pray the Our Father and the Creed, can be transferred not only to the preceding or successive Sunday, or, indeed, the solemnity of All Saints’, but may now also be gained on any other day within the month of November, too.
- Those faithful who are shielding, or for whatever genuine reason are unable to leave their homes, may also achieve the plenary indulgence by offering prayer for the departed and offering any hardships they may presently be enduring. The following provisions would also apply: spiritually uniting themselves with all other faithful; detachment from sin; and, having the intention as soon as possible to meet the three usual conditions of sacramental Confession, Holy Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father.