The month of November is dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory, whose feast is celebrated on November 2. With the exception of the last two days, the entire month of November falls during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward. The last Sunday, which marks the beginning of Advent, the liturgical color changes to purple, representing a time of penance.

The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of November 2020
Artificial Intelligence: We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind. (See also

Feasts for November
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of October are:

01. All Saints, Solemnity
02. Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, Feast
03. Martin de Porres, Opt. Mem.
04. Charles Borromeo, Memorial
08. Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
09. Lateran Basilica, Feast
10. Leo the Great, Memorial
11. Martin of Tours; Veterans Day (USA), Memorial
12. Josaphat, Memorial
13. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Memorial
15. Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
16. Margaret of Scotland; Gertrude, Opt. Mem.
17. Elizabeth of Hungary, Memorial
18. Churches of Peter and Paul; Rose Philippine Duchesne (USA), Opt. Mem.
21. Presentation of Mary, Memorial
22. Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe , Solemnity
23. Clement I; Columban; Bl. Miguel Agustín Pro (USA), Opt. Mem.
24. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions, Memorial
25. Catherine of Alexandria, Opt. Mem.
29. First Sunday of Advent, Sunday
30. Andrew, Feast

Focus of the Liturgy
The Gospel readings for the first four Sundays in November 2020, are taken from St. Mathew and are from Year A, Cycle 2. The last Sunday’s Gospel is from St. Mark, Year B, Cycle 1.
November 1st – All Saints
In this Gospel, Jesus gives us the Beatitudes

November 8th – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
This Gospel relates the parable of the wise and foolish virgins.

November 15th – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
This Gospel recounts the parable of the talents.

November 22nd – Solemnity of Christ the King
Jesus says “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

November 29th – First Sunday of Advent
In this Gospel, Jesus warns us to be watchful because we don’t know when the Lord is coming.

Highlights of the Month
During November, as in all of Ordinary Time (Time After Pentecost), the Liturgy signifies and expresses the regenerated life from the coming of the Holy Spirit, which is to be spent on the model of Christ’s Life and under the direction of His Spirit. As we come to the end of the Church year we are asked to consider the end times, our own as well as the world’s. The culmination of the liturgical year is the Feast of Christ the King. “This feast asserts the supreme authority of Christ over human beings and their institutions…. Beyond it we see Advent dawning with its perspecitive of the Lord’s coming in glory.”— The Liturgy and Time, A.G. Mortimort

This month the main feasts are the Solemnity of All Saints (November 1), All Souls (November 2), St. Martin de Porres (November 3),St. Charles Borromeo, (November 4), Lateran Basilica (November 9), St. Leo the Great (November 10), St. Martin of Tours, (November 11), St. Josaphat (November 12), St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (November 13), Sts. Margaret of Scotland and Gertrude (November 16), St. Elizabeth of Hungary (November 17),Presentation of Mary (November 21), Sts. Clement I and St. Columban (November 23), St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions (November 24), St. Catherine of Alexandria (November 25), the Solemnity of Christ the King (November 24) and St. Andrew (November 30).

The feasts of St. Albert the Great (November 15) and St. Cecilia (November 22) are superseded by the Sunday Liturgy.

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