Over the years, different parishes I’ve served have observed All Souls Day in different ways. Mass. The Hours. Social gatherings. One of the more significant memories I have was when I was on retreat at a Benedictine monastery one second day of November. The procession to the cemetery was particularly moving.
Not all parishes have a Benedictine strain in their celebration of liturgy, but many communities are doing good work, not just ora et labora. I would say the observance has increased somewhat in recent years, post-conciliar optimism winning out against pragmatism and the American fear of death.
In my new parish, daily Mass was moved from the chapel to the church. Not as many people celebrated Mass as on the holy day, but it was still a respectable assembly. One way out of the hand-wringing over holy days is to simply do non-Sunday celebrations very well, whether they be obligatory or not.
Any observances or observations to share?