Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Sunday 07 August |
Saint of the Day: Pope Saint Sixtus II
Aleteia logo
Spirituality
separateurCreated with Sketch.

A brief guide to visiting a cemetery

CEMETERY

Mercy McNab | Aleteia

Philip Kosloski - published on 10/31/18

Here's what you need to know the next time you visit a cemetery.

Catholics are encouraged to visit cemeteries, especially in the month of November, a month traditionally dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. It presents an opportunity to visit the graves of deceased family and friends during a time in the northern hemisphere when the natural world is experiencing its own “death” with the seasonal change from fall to winter.

Furthermore, an indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray for the departed in November. The indulgence is plenary each day from the 1st to the 8th of November; on other days of the year it is partial.




Read more:
A Primer on Indulgences, Part 1

All of this reminds us of our own deaths and how one day we will suffer the same fate. This is a good spiritual theme to meditate on, as it can jolt our own spiritual life back on track, inspiring us to use the time we have left to live a life united to God’s merciful love.

When visiting a cemetery there are a few things to remember.


BLESSING OF THE CEMETERY

Read more:
A cemetery is truly “holy ground”

Tags:
DeathSpiritual Life
Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

jour1_V2.gif
Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries


Top 10
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.