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All Souls Saturday is a day set aside for commemoration of the dead within the liturgical year of the Eastern Churches. Saturday is a traditional day for prayer for the dead, because Christ lay dead in the Tomb on Saturday.

There are several All Souls Saturdays throughout the year. These days are devoted to prayer for departed relatives and others among the faithful who might not be commemorated specifically as Saints. The Divine Services on these days have special hymns added to them to commemorate the departed.

All Byzantine Catholics observe All Soul Saturdays on Meatfare Saturday (Feb 3) (i.e., 2 Saturdays before beginning of Great Lent); the second (Feb 24 – Note: the Polyeleos Feast of the First and Second Findings of the Head of John the Baptist replaces the 2nd All Soul’s, but for pastoral reasons, may be celebrated), third (Mar 2), and fourth (Mar 9 – Note: the Polyeleos Feast of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste replaces the 4th All Soul’s, but for pastoral reasons, may be celebrated) Saturdays of Great Lent; and the Saturday before Pentecost (May 18).

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