This Feast, in commemoration of all the faithful departed souls in Purgatory, was instituted in the Benedictine Monastery of Cluny by Abbot Odilo in the year 998. On this day, the Office of the Dead is recited by the clergy. Pope Benedict XV granted to all Priests the privilege of saying three Masses of Requiem:
- one for the faithful departed souls in Purgatory;
- one for the intention of the Holy Father; and
- one for the Priest’s intention.
If this date falls on a Sunday it is transferred to the following day.
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of Your servants departed full remission of all their sins, that, through our devout prayers, they may obtain the pardon, which they have always desired. Who live and reign, world without end. Amen.
℣ Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord.
℟ And let perpetual light shine upon them.
℣ May they rest in peace.