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1 and 2 November 2015 : All the schedules of the offices and events in Notre-Dame de Paris around the solemnity of all the Saints and the commemoration of all the deceased faithful.

~ Solemnity ~ All ~ Saints ~ (November 1) and ~ ~ All ~ Faithful ~ deceased ~ (November 2)

On November 1, Catholics celebrate All Saints, known and unknown. Toussaint expresses Christian joy and hope: It reminds everyone that it is personally called to holiness, like the Saints celebrated this day. Their holiness is not the perfection of a moral code but the perfection of love, for God and the next, a love capable of transfiguring existence and the world. This holiness is not the privilege of a few but the vocation of all.

All together, rejoice in the Lord, let us celebrate this feast day in honor of all the saints.
The Angels rejoice with us for this feast; They glorify the son of God.

(Opening of All Saints)

[...] Today we are celebrating the city of Heaven, our mother Jerusalem from above;
This is where our brothers the Saints, already gathered, sing endlessly your praise.
And we who walk to her by the path of faith, we hurry the step,
Joyful to know in the light these children of our church that you give us as an example.

(Preface of All Saints)

Blessed are the pure hearts: they will see God!
Blessed are the peacemakers: they will be called Sons of God!
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness: The Kingdom of Heaven is theirs!

(Matthew 5, 8-10. of communion)

 

Saturday, October 31 2015
17h45 : First Vespers of All Saints Day

18h30 : Early mass of the solemnity of all Saints

Choir organ, Yves Castagnatt

 

Sunday, November 1, 2015: solemnity of all Saints
8:30 : Mass of the solemnity of all Saints

9:30 : Solemn lauds of All Saints

10:00 : Gregorian mass of the solemnity of all Saints
Master's degree Notre-Dame de Paris, adult choir, direction Sylvain Dini

11:30 : Solemn Mass of All Saints
Master's degree Notre-Dame de Paris, adult choir, direction Henri Chalet

12:45 : Mass of the solemnity of all Saints
Chaired by a chaplain of the cathedral

17h45 : Solemn Vespers of All Saints Day
In the presence, as every year, of more than a hundred banners with the effigies of saints of all continents and all eras. Before, this procession of the Saints will have crossed Paris.

18h30 : Solemn Mass of All Saints
Broadcast on KTO, Catholic television.
Master's degree Notre-Dame de Paris, adult choir, direction Lionel Sow

Choir organ, Yves Castagnatt

 

 

Monday 2 November 2015: commemoration of all the faithful deceased

Every year, on November 2, the Catholic Church puts all the deceased at the heart of his prayer. This liturgical feast is both a day of remembrance and a day of intercession. Prayer for the dead belongs to the oldest Christian tradition. It is therefore natural that the day after the feast of those who entered into the sacred intimacy of God, our solicitude goes to our brethren who died in the hope of the resurrection and also embraces "all the dead whose only the Lord knows the Faith ».

To our deceased brethren, Grant, Lord, the Eternal rest;
And that shines in their eyes the light without decline.

(opening)

Shine upon our brethren, Lord, Thy everlasting light;
Let them enter into joy in the company of the Saints, for you are good.

(Holding Communion)

 

8:00 : Mass

9:00 : Laudes

12:00 : Mass
Chaired by a chaplain of the cathedral

17h45 : Vespers
Broadcast on KTO, Catholic television.

18:15 : Mass
Chaired by a chaplain of the cathedral

 

Homily of Cardinal Andre Twenty-three
Solemnity of Toussaint – Thursday, November 1, 2012

Holiness is not reserved for an elite but offered to all those who accept to live all things in Christ. It also passes, as for the Lord, by the acceptance of persecution and the injustice suffered because of him.

– Ap 7, 2-4.9-14; Ps 23, 1-6; 1 Jn 3, 1-3; Mt 5, 1-12a

Brothers and sisters,

How could we not be overwhelmed by hearing these words of Christ addressed to his disciples, and thus to us too? Jesus climbed the mountain, as Moses ascended to the Sinai to receive the commandments of God and give them to the people of the Covenant. He climbed the mountain, he gave his disciples and the crowd that surrounded them the code, not new commandments, but the code of the way to go to holiness.

By hearing these blessings that Jesus pronounces on the crowd and on his disciples, we can measure a double gap. The first gap concerns what it considers a blessing and what common sense considers a curse. Who could be happy to be poor, to cry, to fight for justice, to make mercy? Who could be happy to be persecuted and slandered because of Christ? How to hear this word and especially the conclusion: "Rejoice, be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven!" (Mt 5, 12)? What a gap between this path drawn before his disciples and which will be his own path, and the desire enshrined in the heart of man, to know neither poverty, nor persecution, nor slander! How can we live this gap without seeing a kind of judgement about what lives in our hearts?

And then there is a second gap: the one that separates us from this bliss. When we look at our own life, when we look at what we aspire to, we see that we are not yet completely purified and sanctified. And these differences between what the world seeks and what Christ promises, between what each of us deep within himself desires more or less consciously, and what Christ calls him to seek, this double gap, we can only live it in faith. If we live it simply at the level of moral perfection, then there is no hope! We will never be happy to be poor, unhappy, persecuted or slandered. It is contrary to the most natural aspirations of our hearts! How are we going to live this gap in Christ, that is, as a path in which he preceded us and calls us to follow him? In reality, this gap is not a judgement of condemnation, it is a space of hope between our identity as Sons of God received at baptism, and the plenary conversion of our heart through the years that God gives us to live, these few decades to the Along which we learn little by little to desire what God wants to give us. Through the happy or unfortunate events of our existence, we learn little by little to recognize that the joy to which Christ calls us, "the rejoicing" he promises us, is not only a consolation for the future but already a reality in the This.

Yea, Christ does not utter these words to discourage the crowd that surrounds him, and even less to discourage his disciples, he gives them as a hope, as a promise, as a glance that sees the unseen. He has before him poor beings, as we all are. He has wounded freedoms before him, as we all carry. He has in front of him hesitant people, as we all are. Bearing upon them his gaze, he does not allow himself to be locked in the limits of his listeners, but he wants to look deeper, at the source where they became children of God, as the Epistle of Saint John says: "It is great the love which the father loved us S: He wanted us to be called Children of God – and we are (1 Jn 3, 1). Behind the weakness of our human existence, Christ's gaze deciphers this identity as sons of God. Jesus relies on this reality to hope, with us, that we will gradually allow ourselves to be transformed by his life, in such a way that our heart, our freedom, our willingness are turned to what God wants for us, rather than to what we Want of God. This inner transformation of our desire, this new direction of our hope will make us look in a renewed way at the events we live, the weaknesses we endure, the misfortunes that can happen to us, the betrayals, ruptures, the poverty of our freedom, all that makes the flesh of our existence! All this is not the end of everything, it is the intermediate stage in which, little by little, our identity as a child of God transforms from within what we are and makes us become truly who we are. "What we will be does not appear yet clearly" tells us Saint John, "We know it: when the son of God will appear we shall be similar to him" (1 Jn 3, 2). It is this similarity with him, this identification already fully realized by baptism and confirmation, which we are called to let build by the Holy Spirit within us. We have been identified with Christ through our baptism and confirmation, but this identification is not a static event, which would exist regardless of what we do, what we live, regardless of our freedom. It is an energy deposited to allow us to gradually reach the end of our life, this identity of Sons of God which will be fully manifested when we stand before him face to face.

And that is why the feast of the Saints we are celebrating today is a feast of hope. We have all known modest men and women, who have not done extraordinary things, but who have tried day after day, to live the gospel and to let their lives lead by the love of God. These men and women we have known, now in the glory of the Lord, are forerunners. Having lived before us, they make us understand that we too are called to this fullness of life and to this fulness of joy. And this is not reserved only to some exceptional beings, but to an innumerable multitude, as the Book of Revelation tells us, a multitude of "all nations, peoples, races, cultures" (Ap 7, 9), a multitude of men and women who have Let lead by their conscience, by the will of God, by the call of Christ and who gradually let their lives identify with the life of Jesus.

Brothers and sisters, in remembrance of all these saints, we give thanks to God, not only for their glory, but we give thanks to God for the hope put into our hearts: each of us can become a saint if he lets himself dwell and transform by Christ.

Amen.

+ André Cardinal Twenty-three
Archbishop of Paris

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