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Catholic Churches observe ‘All Souls Day’

(Left) Priests and Holy Cross Parishioners praying for the departed souls on ‘All Souls Day’ at Naga Cemetery, Dimapur. (Right) Kohima Catholic faithful praying for the departed souls at Kohima Common Cemetery during the commemoration of ‘All Souls Day’ on Tuesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Nov 2 (NPN):
Published on 3 Nov. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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Catholic Churches all over Nagaland on Tuesday commemorated ‘All Souls’ Day’ and prayed for the faithful departed souls.
The Catholic Churches all over world on ‘All Souls Day’ remember and pray for the repose of the souls in purgatory, especially those who have been forgotten by their relatives and friends with special holy Eucharistic celebrations.
The day not only remind the Catholics to pray for the departed but also remind the faithful to live their lives to the fullest so that when each one’s time come to pass from this life to the next, they shall joyfully meet their brothers and sisters in the faith in the company of God who loves and cares for all.
In Dimapur, the Catholic faithful of Holy Cross Church Parish led by the parish priest Rev. Fr. Chackho. Rev Fr. Graviour, Rev.Fr. John Poji, Rev. Fr. George Angami and Rev. Fr. Nebu sdb blessed the graveyards of the departed Catholic faithful and prayed for their souls in a short prayer function at Naga Cemetery, Khermahal.
Relatives of the departed catholic faithful, sisters of different congregations, students took part on the occasion.
A function was also held at Salesian College Dimapur Cemetery, which was well attended by the Salesian community, sisters of other institutions and well wishers.
In Kohima, Catholic faithful gathered at Kohima common cemetery where Holy Eucharist was offered and tombs of the departed souls were blessed.
Meanwhile, similar functions were held in all Catholic Churches across Nagaland.
Fr. C. J. Jaison explaining on ‘All Souls Day’ said “The problem is we do not know who is damned, and so we pray generally for all the faithful departed.”
He also explained that the day was observed to pray for those who died outside visible communion with Christ’s Church or for those who died seemingly without repentance embroiled in scandal where public prayer cannot be offered, but at the most pray privately with the hope that they died in a state of grace.
However, the need of prayer and to remember the dead for all those whose faith is known to God alone is the duty of God’s people, he added.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Church Kohima observed the All Souls’ Day at common cemetery. People from different walks of life who felt the need of praying for their beloveds gatheredand offered the Holy Eucharistic service and blessed the tombs of the souls who rest in peace.

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