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All Souls Day is a holy day set aside for honoring the dead.
The day is primarily celebrated in the Catholic Church, but it is also celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church and a few other denominations of Christianity.
The second is hell, where those who die in a state of mortal sin are naturally condemned by their choice.
The intermediate option is purgatory, which is thought to be where most people, free of mortal sin, but still in a state of lesser (venial) sin, must go. "Turning to supplication, they prayed that the sinful deed might be fully blotted out...
While 2 November remained the liturgical celebration, in time the entire month of November became associated in the Western Catholic tradition with prayer for the departed; lists of names of those to be remembered being placed in the proximity of the altar on which the sacrifice of the mass is offered.
The legend connected with its foundation is given by Peter Damiani in his Life of St Odilo: a pilgrim returning from the Holy Land was cast by a storm on a desolate island.
Famously, Martin Luther argued with the monk, Johan Tetzel, over the sale of indulgences.Purgatory is necessary so that souls can be cleansed and perfected before they enter into heaven. Thus made atonement for the dead that they might be free from sin." Additional references are found in Zechariah, Sirach, and the Gospel of Matthew.Jewish tradition also reinforces this belief as well as the tradition and teaching of the Church, which has been affirmed throughout history.All Souls Day is celebrated in much of the western world on November 2. The Eastern Orthodox Church has several such days throughout the year, mostly on Saturdays. It should not be confused with All Saints' Day, which is a holy day of obligation. In North America, Americans may say extra prayers or light candles for the departed.In parts of Latin America, families visit the graves of their ancestors and sometimes leave food offerings for the departed. In Western Christianity, this day is observed principally in the Catholic Church, although some churches of the Anglican Communion and the Old Catholic Churches also celebrate it.