A Soul Cake!
Have mercy on all Christian Souls, for a Soul-Cake!
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HISTORY & LORE
Etching by W. Delamotte, c. 1806, after W. Havell
All Souls’ Day, the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, remembers all the dead & invites prayer for them. As early as the 9th century, monasteries formally commemorated their dead, and Masses had been said for the dead long before that; St. Odilo of Cluny formalized this in 998 as a day of song, prayer, & almsgiving, with Masses in memory of the departed on November 2. This then spread throughout the rest of the Church.
Tradition & plantlore highlights:
- Passing Bell
- Tinley Torches
- Midnight Silence
- Table of the Dead
- Soul Cakes
- Fave de Morti (Fava Beans of the Dead)
- Ossa dei morti (Bones of the Dead)
- Winter Cherry
If you’d like to learn more about the history, traditions, folklore, & plantlore of Allhallowtide, enjoy these free info sheets designed to help you build your Liturgical Year Binder:
Blackburn, Bonnie and Leofranc Holford-Strevens. Oxford Companion to the Year. Oxford University Press, 1999.
Ferguson, George. Signs & Symbols in Christian Art. Oxford University Press, 1954.
Gould, Meredith. The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day. Doubleday, 2004.
Hone, William. The Every-Day Book & Table Book. Reproduced by Sagwan Press, originally published 1835.
Hutton, Ronald. The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain. Oxford University Press, 1996.
Roud, Steve. The English Year. Penguin, 2008.
Aleteia: How Italians celebrate All Saints & All Souls.
Catholic Culture: History of All Hallows’ Eve.
Italian Tourism: All Saints’ Day in Italy.