Commemoratio omnium Fidelium Defunctorum
Also known as All Souls' Day
The emphasis of The Feast of All Saints (Nov. 1), which in our parish we observed yesterday (Sunday, Nov. 2), is more on those, prophets, apostles and martyrs through whom we have received the divine revelation. In Christ Jesus we have communion with them and with the angels and archangels. Through the Lamb and His blood we have peace and communion with God.
The celebration of All Saints' Day being on Sunday means that the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed (Nov. 2) is transferred to today, November 3. However, with the congregation gathered for the mass on Sunday, the faithful of our parish who died during the last year were also remembered in the Prayer of the Church. This prayer ended with the Collect for the Commemoration. (Liturgically, this Commemoration was included with yesterday's celebration of the Feast of All Saints.)
Below is the Collect of the Day for today's Commmemoration:
Almighty God, in whose glorious presence live all who depart in the Lord and before whom all the souls of the faithful who are delivered of the burden of the flesh are in joy and felicity, we give You hearty thanks for Your loving-kindness to all Your servants who have finished their course in faith and now rest from their labors, and we humbly implore Your mercy that we, together with all who have departed in the saving faith, may have our perfect consummation and bliss, in both body and soul, in Your eternal and everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.