Book of the Dead

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Q: Just prior and though out the month of November we have displayed the Book of the Names of the Dead by the Baptismal Font and Lite Paschal candle. Since the first week of Advent may be in late November, would it be best to take away the Book of the Names of the Dead for the First Sunday of Advent? Thank you for your expertise


A: The custom linking the Book of the Dead to November relates to All Souls Day and the tradition of praying for the dead throughout the month. 

In my parish we leave the book up throughout the month of November, even when Advent has begun, because it’s November.