Why Don’t Byzantine Catholics Celebrate All Saints/All Souls in November
Eastern Christians of the Byzantine Tradition commemorate all saints collectively on the first Sunday after Pentecost, All Saints' Sunday.
The feast of All Saints achieved great prominence in the ninth century, in the reign of the Byzantine Emperor, Leo VI "the Wise" (886–911). His wife, Empress Theophano commemorated on 16 December, lived a devout life. After her death in 893, her husband built a church, intending to dedicate it to her. When he was forbidden to do so, he decided to dedicate it to "All Saints", so that if his wife were in fact one of the righteous, she would also be honored whenever the feast was celebrated.
St. Melany’s is an Eastern Catholic Church of the ancient Byzantine tradition. Our liturgy, spirituality, discipline and theology are Orthodox in practice. Our church is in full communion with the Bishop of Rome and is under the jurisdiction of the Most Reverend Gerald N. Dino, Bishop of the Eparchy of Phoenix. All Catholics may fulfill their Sunday obligation by participating in our Divine Liturgy.