The Tudor Society

All Souls’ Day

an-angel-frees-the-souls-of-purgatory-carracciIn medieval and Tudor times, 2 November, the day after the Feast of All Saints, was the Feast of All Souls.

It was a time to remember the souls in Purgatory who might not have masses or prayers being said for them, the forgotten souls. Bells would be rung the night before All Souls Day to comfort the souls and to let them know that they were being remembered and then masses were said for them on All Souls Day. Bread was baked in honour of these troubled souls and it was given out to the poor in the hope that the act of giving on behalf of these souls would help them get out of Purgatory.

This feast day is still remembered by Catholics around the world today.

Picture: An Angel Frees the Souls of Purgatory by Lodovico Carracci c.1610.

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All Souls’ Day