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All Saints' Day & All Souls' Day

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When is All Saints' Day & All Souls' Day?
All Saints' Day is traditionally celebrated on November 1st and All Souls' Day on November 2nd.

All Saints' DayWhat do All Saints' Day & All Souls' Day mean?
The festival of All Saints is also sometimes known as All Saints' Day, All Hallows or Hallowmas (Hallow is an old word meaning Saint or Holy, and mas meaning Mass or Holy Communion).

Why do we celebrate All Saints' Day & All Souls' Day?
All Saints' Day is a feast celebrated in the honour of all the saints and martyrs, known and unknown. Saints are Christians who are very holy (dedicated to God) and good people, worthy of honour in some way. Martyrs are people who suffer persecution (being very badly treated) and death for their religious belief, principle or cause.

All Souls' Day celebrates the 'faithful departed'. This is a day of remembrance for our own friends and loved ones who have died. 

All Saints' Day & All Souls' Day at St James's
All Saints' Day is celebrated in the morning Sunday Parish Communion Service. All Souls' Day is celebrated with a special service later on the same day where the names of the 'faithful departed' are read out.