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All Souls' Day
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[German Version]

The annual remembrance of the deceased, has its roots in ancient commemoration of the dead. Originally related to the Easter celebration, the 2nd day of November (earliest witness, between 1015 and 1033) finally prevailed over other dates. First widespread in Gaul and England, All Souls' Day became customary in the 14th century in Rome and in the 15th century among Spanish Dominicans. The new missal of 1970 employs the theme of the hope for perfection for those who are asleep in Christ. The Protestant Totensonntag before Advent offers a certain parallel. Eastern …

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Bieritz, Karl-Heinrich, “All Souls' Day”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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