Catholic Dictionary – All Saints

All Saints, from the Landauer Altar, by Albrecht Durer, 1511; Kunsthistorisches Museum; swiped off WikipediaArticle

As early as the fourth century, the Greeks kept on the first Sunday after Pentecost the feast of all martyrs and saints, and we still possess a sermon of Saint Chrysostom delivered on that day. In the West, the feast was introduced by Pope Boniface IV after he had dedicated, as the Church of the Blessed Virgin and the Martyrs, the Pantheon, which had been made over to him by the Emperor Phocas. The feast of the dedication was kept on the thirteenth of May. About 731 Gregory III consecrated a chapel in Saint Peter’s Church in honour of all the saints, from which time All Saints’ Day has been kept in Rome, as now, on the first of November. From about the middle of the ninth century, the feast came into general observance throughout the West. It ranks as a double of the first class with an octave.

MLA Citation

  • “All Saints”. A Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 November 2016. Web. 22 February 2019. <>