Catholic priest clarifies difference between All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

MANILA — A Catholic priest has urged the faithful to attend mass and pray on Nov. 2 (All Souls’ Day) for the souls that are still in purgatory for them to go to heaven.

“All Souls’ Day is a celebration of us living, praying for those who are still in purgatory. That is why we call it All Souls’ Day and once you are in purgatory, it is just a matter of waiting time for you to go to heaven,” said Father Francis Lucas.

He noted that All Saints’ Day is different from All Souls’ Day.

“These are different so don’t mix up All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day and we have to hear mass to celebrate the saints. We also have to pray and attend mass for the souls in purgatory,” the priest added.

“On November 2, there are many masses in the morning and evening because the best prayer is the mass,” Lucas said, noting that going to mass is a priority just like visiting their dearly departed in cemeteries.

“Number 1 is the mass but going to the cemetery is more on the personal level that you have the remains of the dead but you see them as symbols of their souls,” he added.

Millions of Filipinos visited their departed loved ones in cemeteries all over the country during the commemoration of All Saints’ Day. PNA