Post by O.L of Fatima Chapel on Oct 20, 2019 18:35:52 GMT
Names of the Deceased
November is right around the corner. Our Lady of Fatima Chapel is now accepting names of the deceased to be placed upon the Altar for remembrance during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout November - the Month of the Holy Souls.
The names of the deceased placed upon our Altar will also be remembered during each Holy Mass offered at all the Sorrowful Heart of Mary missions - wherever Father's schedule takes him for the month of November.
Please send the names of the deceased you wish to be prayed for to:
By Postal Address:
OUR LADY OF FATIMA CHAPEL
16 DOGWOOD SOUTH
HUBBARDSTON, MA 01452
The Western tradition identifies the general custom of praying for the dead dating as far back as 2 Maccabees 12:42-46. The custom of setting apart a special day for intercession for certain of the faithful on November 2nd was first established by St. Odilo of Cluny (d. 1048) at his abbey of Cluny in 998. From Cluny the custom spread to the other houses of the Cluniac order, which became the largest and most extensive network of monasteries in Europe. The celebration was soon adopted in several dioceses in France, then spread throughout the Western Church. It was accepted in Rome only in the fourteenth century. While November 2nd remained the liturgical celebration, in time the entire month of November became associated in the Western Catholic tradition with prayers for the departed; and the lists of names of those to be remembered being placed in the proximity of the altar on which the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered.
The legend connected with its foundation is given by Peter Damiani in his Life of St Odilo: a pilgrim returning from the Holy Land was cast by a storm on a desolate island. A hermit living there told him that amid the rocks was a chasm communicating with purgatory, from which perpetually rose the groans of tortured souls. The hermit also claimed he had heard the demons complaining of the efficacy of the prayers of the faithful, and especially the monks of Cluny, in rescuing their victims. Upon returning home, the pilgrim hastened to inform the abbot of Cluny, who then set November 2nd as a day of intercession on the part of his community for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory.