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All Souls’ Day

November 2

First Mass

Epistle  •  1 Corinthians 15:51-57

Lesson from the first Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.

[The manner of our resurrection.]

Brethren, Behold I tell you a mystery: we shall indeed rise again, but we shall not all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall rise again incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

And when this mortal hath put on immortality then shall come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? Now the sting of death is sin: and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, Who hath given us the victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel  •  John 5:25-29

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John.  

[Christ’s discourse upon the resurrection.]

At that time, Jesus said to the multitude of the Jews, Amen, amen I say unto you, that the hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in Himself, so He hath given to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He hath given Him power to do judgment, because He is the Son of Man.

Wonder not at this, for the hour cometh wherein all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that have done good things shall come forth unto the resurrection of life, but they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment.





Second Mass

Epistle  •  2 Machabees 12:43-46

Lesson from the second Book of the Machabees.

[Judas Machabeus orders sacrifices and prayers for the dead.]

In those days: The most valiant man Judas, making a gathering, sent twelve thousand drachmas of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection (for if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead); and because he considered that they who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them.

It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.





Gospel  •  John 6:37-40

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John.  

[Christ’s discourses on the resurrection.]

At that time: Jesus said to the multitudes of the Jews, All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will not cast out: because I came down from Heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him Who sent Me.

Now this is the will of the Father Who sent Me, that of all that He hath given Me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again in the last day; and this is the will of My Father that sent Me, that every one who seeth the Son, and believeth in Him, may have life everlasting; and I will raise him up in the last day.









Third Mass

Epistle  •  Apocalypse 14:13

Lesson from the Book of the Apocalypse of Blessed John the Apostle.

[Blessed are they who die in the Lord.]

In those days: I heard a voice from Heaven, saying to me, Write, Blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord. From henceforth now, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, for their works follow them.





Gospel  •  John 6:51-55

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John.  

[Christ’s discourses on the bread of life, the pledge of our resurrection.]

At that time: Jesus said to the multitudes of the Jews, I am the living bread, which came down from Heaven. If any man eat of this bread he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is My Flesh for the life of the world.

The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this Man give us His Flesh to eat? Then Jesus said to them, Amen, amen, I say unto you, Except you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood, you shall not have life in you. He that eateth My Flesh and drinketh My Blood hath everlasting life; and I will raise him up in the last day.

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