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The Real Hallowe’en Is A Holy Day

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October 31 is a holy day. It is not a day to celebrate witches, goblins, vampires, and Satanic rituals. It is technically the eve of All Saints Day (November 1) — also known as “All Hallows” and “Hallowmas” — from the root word “hallowed” or “holy.” As the eve of “All Hallows,” October 31 came to be called “Hallowe’en, which is the abbreviation of “All Hallows Evening.” And in many churches throughout the world the celebration begins on the evening of October 31 and runs through November 1. It is a day to celebrate the faithful believers who serve and have served the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the Catholic Church, the celebration focuses mainly on those believers who have already gone into the presence of the Lord But in most protestant churches, it focuses on celebrating all true believers both on earth and in heaven — since the New Testament calls true believers “saints.” I’m going to be celebrating “Hallowe’en by celebrating Jesus and all his saints who share His truth, His love and His mercy with a sighing, crying, dying world who are desperate for His saving grace.

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5 thoughts on “The Real Hallowe’en Is A Holy Day”

  1. With respect I think this is an over simplification. While Personally I do not hold with modern day Halloween “celebrations”, there has over the years been much academic debate over its roots in pagan folklore. Possibly the most well documented is that it is derived from the pagan festival of “Samhain”, which is Celtic in origin and was a pagan festival to mark the end of summer. The Christian celebration of All Saints (the day after Halloween) was originally on May 13th, but Pope Gregory IV switched it to November 1st, most probably to deliberately coincide with Samhain which was still popular at the time – pretty much just the way the church has appropriated many pagan based festivals to mark significant events in the liturgical calendar (Jesus was not born on December 25th according to most scholars for example). There are of course many other theories and variations on this one. But I agree with you that celebrating witches, goblins,vampires etc.. really should not be sanitised as a bit of “fun”. Sorry if any of that sounded a bit like me “lecturing”‘ I just find the whole subject of paganism and how the church was influenced by its festivals in the development of its own calendar quite fascinating.

    1. No problem. As a history teacher for years and a minister for about 40 years, I’m aware of all the conjecture surrounding several church holidays. We will never really know for sure why certain celebrations in the church and in the Satanic religions coincide so closely — and to be honest — I have never found it important. My main point in the post was to say that November 1 and the eve before it have been celebrated as holy days by the church for many centuries, and the actual name “Halloween” comes from that holy celebration and not from those of Satanic religions. So if people want to celebrate the “real” Hallowe’en (All Hallows Evening) they will have to celebrate it as a day focused on the church of Jesus Christ and not on witchcraft and satanism.

      Also, having been involved in a great deal of deliverance ministry, trying to help people who have serious problems due to involvement in many of the Satanic religious practices (including witchcraft), I consider it important to remind people that involvement in that whole realm is, indeed, not fun and games, but serious and even deadly business. So when I get an opportunity to turn people from those activities — without sounding too “preachy” — I try to do it.

      I also agree with you that it is unlikely that Jesus was born on December 25. However, I don’t try to keep people from celebrating His birth on that day. The way I look at it, if we can get a majority of the world to come together enough to even consider His birth on the same day every year, it’s a good thing. I love Christmas — for all the right reasons — and I’m willing to celebrate it at any time. Well … in fact … I celebrate it all year. My Christmas music and Christmas movies play in June as well as December.

      Thanks for taking the time to add your thoughts to the post.

      1. Hi Sandra, thanks for taking the time for such a considered reply. Don’t get my wrong – i agree with you! I was actually in part time ministry for a while (sadly had to give it up as it was too much to bakance with the day job). I think we have a slightly different perspetive on Halloween in the UK, there are many reasons for that, too numerous to discuss in a blog comment! As a history teacher i am sure you know more about the issues in medieval times with a controlling church trying to displace pagansim – often losing sight of the Christian message because of corrupt power struggles. But thats ankther debate! In the UK the supermarkets are largely to blame for the rise of the popularity of Halloween – they have looked axross the pond and seen the commerical opportunity, recongised the American inflience through what we consume on TV and then served us up pumpkins, garish costumes for toddlers and the notion that trick or treat is socilally acceptable. The sanitisation of Halloween is peculiar, i have friends in the US who are committed Christians, yet their churches hold Halloween parties – witch costumes and all – i find that very hard to square with a church that should be looking at how more Christ like it can become. I’ve gone on lomg enough, and won’t take over your comments section any further. I am though glad to have found your blog, and from reading you I have a feeling of us being somewhat kindred spirits.
        PS – you didnt sound “preachy”!

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