Guild of All Souls

Guild of All Souls

The Guild of All Souls is one of the Catholic Societies of the Church of England.

It was founded in 1873 to encourage prayer for the repose of the souls of the faithful departed and to provide burial furniture in an age where the burial of the dead was frequently conducted without any reverence.

Prayer for the departed remains one of the most important functions but our work now also includes prayer and care for the sick, dying and bereaved.

The Guild has a Chantry Chapel at Walsingham, where Mass is offered daily and departed members remembered in prayer on the anniversary of their death. These are printed in the Chantry List. The Chantry Priest is available to help and pray with those who are bereaved.

In the parish we offer a Requiem Mass for the souls of the faithful departed on a regular basis, in support of the work of the guild. As the Mass is the highest form of prayer which exists, a Requiem Mass is a Mass which is said with the intention of pouring out our love to God for the souls of our loved ones who have died. This special form of prayer helps them on their continued pilgrimage towards the Heavenly City and God the Father’s house, where there is a mansion set aside for all of the souls who love Him.