The Origin of All Saints’ Day: A Brief Follow-Up

Posted November 10, 2017 6:31 am by Gregory DiPippo

The Origin of All Saints’ Day: A Brief Follow-Up

Last week, I wrote a post in which I proposed that the feast of All Saints perhaps originated not with the dedication of the Pantheon as a church, as is traditionally stated, but in the Papal response to the iconoclast heresy in the 8th and 9th centuries. Here I will consider rather more briefly something else which may fit in with that idea.As I noted earlier, part of Rome’s answer to the Byzantine emperor’s rejection of sacred images was the building of an oratory at St Peter’s Basilica, which Pope St Gregory III dedicated to all the Saints, filling it

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