“On this day is observed the commemoration of the faithful departed, in which our common and pious Mother the Church, immediately after having endeavored to celebrate by worthy praise all her children who already rejoice in heaven, strives to aid by her powerful intercession with Christ, her Lord and Spouse, all those who still groan in purgatory, so that they may join as soon as possible the inhabitants of the heavenly city.” — Roman Martyrology


“We celebrate because, as Christians, we are an Easter people! With Job, we say: “I know that my Redeemer lives, and because He lives, I too shall live.” [Job 19:25-26] And with John, the Beloved Disciple, we remember that “You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.” [John 16:20] “- Basilian Fathers





“All Souls Day reminds us of our journey into heaven and that the sacrifice on the Altar is the sacrifice of Calvary which opened the gates of Heaven for us. How can we fail to be joyful at the thought of living eternally in the presence of God?” – Basilian Fathers