This article first appeared in the November 2013 issue of the Anglican Journal.
All Saints’ or All Hallows’ Day, the Solemnity of All Saints, commemoratesall the unsung saints and martyrs throughout Christian history, those who haveno designated feast day in the calendar but are believed to have attained thebeatific vision of God in heaven. True believers are obliged to attend churchand avoid menial labour. Established circa 609 by Pope Boniface IV as the Feastof All Holy Martyrs, it was originally celebrated on May 13, and later moved toNovember. About 835, Pope Gregory IV fixed its date to Nov. 1. The EasternOrthodox Church observes it on the first Sunday after Pentecost.