All Saints and All Souls

Yearly ritual
Feasts of All Saints and All Souls
Honoring loved ones



Both the Feast of All Saints and the Feast of All Souls evolved in the life of the Catholic Church independently of paganism and Halloween.  However, elements of pagan practices were perhaps “baptized” by some cultures or attached themselves to the celebration of All Saints and All Souls.

The designation of Nov. 1 as the Feast of All Saints occurred over time.  Along with the Feast of All Saints developed the Feast of All Souls. 

The Church has consistently encouraged the offering of prayers and Mass for the souls of the faithful departed in Purgatory.  Nov. 2 was adopted as the Feast of All Souls for the entire Church.

I decided NOT to go the route of scary for the prompt, but rather write of the tradition in my childhood area of the Louisiana. This is the tradition with which I grew up. Presently, I live in Central Texas; sadly, I do not see much fanfare and/or tradition in this part of Texas.

Image Credit

© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011 – 2012

All Souls Night


About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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3 Responses to All Saints and All Souls

  1. Green Speck says:

    I loved the beauty in this piece !!!


  2. dulcinaandgnome says:

    Well done, Becca! We must preserve our old traditions. Same as you, I prefer All Saints Day to Halloween, but I respect all festivities, of course.
    Lovely haiku honoring our loved ones.


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