Wednesday, November 01, 2006

All Saints Day (Hallow Mass)

Today, November 1st, is the Feast of All Saints. Let me first remind all Catholics that today is a Holy Day of Obligation, wherein you are required under the pain of mortal sin to attend Holy Mass and receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

All Saints is when the Church remembers all the holy people-Christians-who have died in a state of grace having the hope of salvation and of the Ressurrection.

During this election season, a particular Saint comes to mind, Saint Chad. Chad was appointed Bishop of Mercia in what is now England in the year 662. At that time, there was a great controversy in the Church in what at that time were all-Celtic lands over whether the Church in that part of the world should continue using the old Celtic calendar, or adopt the calendar that was approved by the Council of Nicaea. The bishops decided to take a vote, and Chad originally favored maintaining the Celtic calendar. However, when it became clear that the vote would be split, Chad voted with the Nicaean side and in favor of maintaining unity throughout the Church on the issue of sacred time.

St. Chad is the patron of elections and election workers.



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