Today used to be the Vigil of All Saints (aka Halloween), a night when traditionally the veil between Earth and purgatory thinned, the dead could come back to request prayers, and devils could appear to remind us of the reality of hell. These days we are all a bit too PC for that!
And liturgically this year, All Saints doesn't even get a First Vespers, displaced by the Feast of Christ the King.
It is however commemorated at Vespers of Sunday, so I thought a reminder on how to do that might be in order.
So after you have said the collect for the feast in the concluding prayers of Vespers, say the Magnificat antiphon, versicle and collect that would otherwise have been said at I Vespers of All Saints, that is:
- Angeli, archangeli/O ye angels...from MD ;
- Laetamini in Domino/Be glad in the Lord... MD ; and
- Omnipotens sempiterne Deus/Almighty.....MD