The Church of Saint Mary will offer three Masses on the Solemnity of All Saints:
- 6:30 a.m.
- 9:00 a.m.
- 6:00 p.m.
All Saints Day is a holy day of obligation that finds its origins in the 300s A.D. Originally celebrated on May 13, it was known as All Martyrs Day. The beautiful church we call the Roman Pantheon was dedicated on May 13 and was originally called the Church of Saint Mary and All Martyrs.
The holy day changed from May 13 to Easter Friday to November 1, and the scope grew from All Martyrs to All Saints. It is a celebration of all of heaven’s holy men and women, known and unknown.
The First Reading on All Saints Day is from Revelation. It is Saint John’s description of a vision of heaven:
After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.”
This image of God seated on His throne surrounded by all the saints in heaven has been echoed in art for 2,000 years. It gives each of us hope that one day we will join that great multitude.
Saint Mary, pray for us.
All you holy men and women, pray for us.