Observing Christians typically remember deceased relatives on the day. In the liturgical books of the western Catholic Church the Latin Church it is called the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed Latin : Commemoratio omnium fidelium defunctorum , and is celebrated annually on 2 November. Beliefs and practices associated with All Souls' Day vary widely among Christian churches and denominations. They occur on the following occasions:. In the Serbian Orthodox Church there is also a commemoration of the dead on the Saturday closest to the Conception of St. John the Baptist — 23 September.
There is a Mexican saying that we die three deaths: the first when our bodies die, the second when our bodies are lowered into the earth out of sight, and the third when our loved ones forget us. Catholics forestall that last death by seeing the faithful dead as members of the Church, alive in Christ, and by praying for them -- and asking their prayers for us -- always. Cardinal Wiseman wrote in his Lecture XI:. Sweet is the consolation of the dying man, who, conscious of imperfection, believes that there are others to make intercession for him, when his own time for merit has expired; soothing to the afflicted survivors the thought that they possess powerful means of relieving their friend.
However, we Catholics should remember that cemeteries can offer much more than that. Well, how many of you have ever considered the possibilities that there is a sense of hope in a cemetery? Hear me out. During All Souls Day, Catholics are encouraged to visit cemeteries to gain plenary indulgences for our loved ones who are no longer with us. Catholics cemeteries are also consecrated grounds.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let the radiance of your light shine forever upon them cf. To you our praise is due in Zion, O God. To you we pay our vows, you who hear our prayer; to you all flesh will come Ps Requirements for Obtaining a Plenary Indulgence from November 1 to 8.