O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Pray for the Dead



Today is the First All-Souls Saturday in the Byzantine Rite, transferred from next Saturday due to the Feast of the Encounter of the Lord in the Temple with St. Simeon the God-Receiver and St. Anna the Prophetess. The First All-Souls Saturday is celebrated during Pre-Lent, the second, third, and fourth during Great Lent, and the fifth on the day before Pentecost. Just as the month of November is a time to pray for the dead in the Latin Rite, Great Lent is a time to pray for the dead in the Byzantine Rite, on top of everything else you do during Lent.