Friday, 2 November 2007

The Faithful Departed

Today is "All Souls' Day", when the Church throughout the world prays for those who have died and still await eternal life with God. The whole of November is devoted to prayer for the dead; we pray for those who have died, just as we hope that the saints pray for us. During this month the Cathedral Book of the Dead stands on the sanctuary.

Next to the Book of the Dead, the Paschal Candle stands. This symbol of Christ's resurrection reminds us that we are called to follow where He has gone; "the sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality" (Preface of Christian Death I).