Commemorating the Transfer of Relics

The New Westminster Directory of Liturgy and Worship on the Roman Catholic invention of All Saints Day:

“The first mention of All Saints is found in a feast commemorating the transfer of relics of martyrs from the catacombs to the Pantheon in Rome by Pope Boniface IV and the consecration of that building on 13 May 609. The date seems to have moved to 1 November after the dedication on this day of a chapel to the Savior, Mary, the apostles, martyrs and confessors in St. Peter’s. Pope Gregory III (731-41) instructed that a short office of all the saints be recited there each evening. The feast of All Martyrs and All Saints and of Our Lady was renamed the feast of All Saints in 835.”

~As quoted in Steven Wedgeworth, Halloween: Its Creation and Recreation,



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