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Saint of the Day: All Saints

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Feast of All Saints

November 1

The Apostles’ Creed lists “the communion of saints” among Catholic beliefs, and since at least the ninth century the church has honored everyone in heaven, including angels, formally recognized martyrs and saints, and all those who had died in God’s friendship, with a November feast.

Fresco depicting All Saints, Giustao da Padova (Wikimedia Commons)

As early as 411, the Eastern church celebrated a feast of all martyrs in May.

The custom gradually spread to other regions and included nonmartyrs.

In England the feast formerly was known as All Hallows, that is, made holy, which gave rise to Halloween.

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