All Saints Day and All Souls Day Celebrations!
Christian call is a call to sainthood as St. Paul tells to the Ephesians. "Blessed be the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heavens, as he chose in him, before the foundations of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved." (Ephesians 1: 3-6)
We are in the last Season of the Liturgical Calendar, the Season of the 'Dedication of the Church' or 'Pallikoodaasakkaalam'. During this season we recall the "Dedication of the entire Church" (Victorious - Saints, Militant – we the living and Suffering – the souls in purgatory), which means the Final Judgment of God, when everyone (both living and dead) will be brought together to the presence of God. Then the Messiah the Savior Jesus will separate the good and the evil ones and offers the good ones to the heavenly father.
That is why we remember all Saints and all Souls in purgatory during the beginning of this season. It also reminds the communion of these three Churches as well. This is the culmination of the Christ Event. During the last Sunday of this season we celebrate the feast of the 'Christ the King', where Heavenly Father enthrones Jesus as the King of the entire Church – Victorious, Suffering and Militant Church.
November 1st we recall all Saints, and especially our patron saints and all our favorite saints as well. We request their prayer support for our daily faith journey and life journey, and to follow their great examples of witnessing Christ in our own daily life. They can pray for us, support us and intercede for us as they are close to Jesus in heavenly kingdom.
November 2nd we recall all souls in purgatory. As for sure we believe that nothing impure can get into heavenly kingdom and most of the time all those who are dying are not in grave sins and cannot be thrown into the eternal condemnation either. So they are in a place of their purification, we call that place as "Purgatory". As the teachings of the Church and Church Fathers, we can do reparations for their sins and failures, through our prayers, sacrifices and penances. During this entire month there is a great tradition in Kerala, visiting the cemeteries and tombs, praying for all our diseased members of our families and extended families as well.
God bless you.
Fr. John Melepuram
Vicar / Pastor