“Today we come to celebrate All Souls Day, remembering the dead. Those who have died recently and those who died long ago”. Fr. Edwin Peter said this at the 7.30pm Mass on 2nd November 2017 at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
He went on to say, Mass was celebrated that morning at the Cheras Christian Cemetery, followed by blessing of the graves. There were many who were seen throughout the day, remembering loved ones who have gone before them. Towards late evening, the cemetery was lighted up with candles.
“Some of you have gone to the graves to visit the remains of the departed. We gather here because there is a gratefulness in our hearts; we remember the dead. Perhaps they are grandparents, parents, a lost child, relatives or friends. We come together to remember our beloved dead, to pray for their souls because our Lord Jesus was risen from the dead. And those who believe in Him will be given eternal life. We pray for all these people who have not lived exceptional lives, ordinary people like you and me; those souls in Purgatory.”
Fr. Edwin added that our orientation is towards God. It is not easy to follow Jesus. We are here to pray for the souls that need purification. He said Purgatory is not a place, but rather a state, or period that sees a need for purification. Do pray for God's mercy that the souls of the departed will be welcomed into His kingdom. (The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a ‘purification’, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven, which is experienced by those ‘who die in God’s grace and friendship, but are still imperfectly purified’ - CCC 1030. It notes that ‘this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned’ - CCC 1031).
At the end, Fr. Edwin thanked all who were present, and those who went to the cemetery to pray for the departed.
“Memories will always remain in our hearts, never forgotten”