Pew Sheet for 4 November 2018
The Month of November
In the month of November, we recall the wonderful
unity existing between the saints in heaven (the church triumphant), the
faithful on earth (the church militant) and the souls in purgatory (the church
suffering). This wonderful unity is known as the communion of saints (in Latin,
In this beautiful union, the church triumphant
intercedes for the faithful on earth, who in turn prays for the holy souls in
purgatory (the church suffering).
However, the month of November is specially
dedicated to these holy souls in purgatory.
The church remembers all her faithful children who have departed from
this life, but for one reason or the other have not yet attained the joys of
heaven. At this stage, the holy souls in
purgatory cannot help themselves by any efforts of their own, but only through
the expiatory works and intercessory prayers of the faithful on earth. The
prayers which the church on earth offers for their departed loved ones are based
on the words of the scripture that “it is a holy and a wholesome thought to
pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins” (2 Macab. 12: 43).
grant unto them O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen