All Saints and All Souls' Day

November 1, 2019

What exactly is the difference between All Saints and All Souls' Day? 

All Saints' Day

  • November 1
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  • Solemn Holy Day
  • Dedicated to Saints in heaven
  • Tends to focus on the known Saints

All Souls' Day

  • November 2
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  • Dedicated to those all who have died but have not made it to heaven or hell and are in purgatory
  • Catholics believe that through the prayers of the faithful on Earth, those in purgatory are cleansed of their sins so they may enter into heaven

In short, All Saints' Day is dedicated to those who are in heaven, and All Souls' Day is dedicated to all those who have died. 

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