October 24, 2016
ALL SOULS' DAY MASS OF REMEMBRANCE
You are cordially invited to join the monks of Portsmouth Abbey for a Mass of Remembrance, to be held on All Soul's Day, Wednesday,
November 2, 2016, at 7:20 a.m
. in the Church of St. Gregory the Great. This occasion provides us with an opportunity to remember our deceased alumni, relatives, and friends. In remembering our loved ones in prayer, we affirm our belief that we will someday be reunited with them.
The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed on November 2nd, known as All Souls Day, was first celebrated in the eleventh century by Saint Odilo, Abbot of the great Benedictine Abbey of Cluny, in Burgundy. From there it spread throughout the Church. In keeping with this widespread custom of remembering the dead in November, the monks of Portsmouth Abbey especially remember individual deceased family members, friends, and benefactors in their prayers and in the Masses on All Souls Day. In addition, during the entire month of November, beginning on All Souls Day, the Monastery keeps a silver box on the high altar containing the names of those faithful departed whose names are sent to the Monastery for prayer remembrance, and Masses are offered during the month for these souls.
If you would like the names of your loved ones added to those remembered in prayer by the monks of Portsmouth Abbey, please send their names to Nora O'Hara in the Portsmouth Abbey School Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 643.1269 and she will forward them to the Monastery to be added to the silver box on the altar.
Please do not send an offering, as this is our gift to you.