MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)
All Saints Day – November 1
All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation. However, when it falls on a Saturday or a Monday, the obligation to attend Mass is abrogated. For instance, All Saints Day falls on Saturday in 2008 and Monday in 2010; in both cases, Catholics in the United States are not required to attend Mass. (Catholics elsewhere may be; check with your priest or your diocese to determine whether the obligation remains in effect in your country.)
Of course, even in those years when we aren’t required to attend, celebrating All Saints Day by attending Mass is a wonderful way to honor the saints, who constantly intercede with God for us.
All Souls Day – November 2
All Souls Day is a solemn feast commemorating those who have died and are now in Purgatory.
On All Souls’ Day we are encouraged to bring little sacrifices, to say special prayers. The church tells about the “thesaurus ecclesiae,” the golden treasure chest of Holy Church filled with the atoning sacrifice of Christ, the merits of the Blessed Virgin, of the saints–canonized and uncanonized–into which we may delve. It was given to Peter to bind and loosen, and his successor, making use of that very power, sets the conditions under which this can be done.
One such disposition is the “toties quoties” indulgence each time we visit a parish church on the second of November and say six “Our Fathers,” six “Hail Marys,” and six “Glorys,” we may gain a plenary indulgence applicable to the poor souls.
In the old country the great event of the day used to be the visit to the cemetery. Out in the country every village has its cemetery around the church; bigger towns have them on the outskirts. Every grave is a flower bed at the head of which is a crucifix, sometimes of wrought iron, sometimes carved in wood.
On anniversaries you will see vigil lights burning and on All Souls’ Day every grave will have its little vigil light as a token that we do remember. People will flock out to the cemeteries in the early evening because it is such a sight–those many, many flames and all the mounds covered with flowers. Slowly one walks up and down the aisles, stopping at the graves of relatives and friends to say a short prayer and sprinkle them with holy water.
To celebrate today and tomorrow, I’ve got 2 recipes. One for a drink to toast the saints and souls and the other a cake to eat for you to make for the children that will pray for your souls.
- 2 ounces gold tequila
- 1 ounce blue curacao
- 1 ounce Chambord raspberry liquor
- 1 dash lime juice
- fill with sour mix
- and cranberry juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with lime.
How to make soul cake;
Soul Cakes are an echo of the sacrificial foods of the Celtic festival of Samhain held in early autumn. These little cakes were traditionally set out with glasses of wine on All Hallows Eve (31st October) for the souls of the dead. On All Saints Day (1st November) children would go “souling” calling out “Soul, Soul, for a Soul Cake: pray you good mistress, a soul cake”.
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup caster/superfine sugar
4 cups plain flour, sifted
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon allspice
3 tablespoons currants
a little milk
– Cream the butter and sugar together until pale in colour and fluffy in texture.
– Beat in the egg yolks.
– Fold in the sifted flour and spices.
– Stir in the currants.
– Add enough milk to make a soft dough.
– Form into flat cakes and mark each top with a cross.
– Bake on a well-greased baking tray in a hot oven until golden.
Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!