Reclaim Halloween as the holy All Hallows' Eve!

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Today, October 31, is Halloween.
But do you actually know what that word means?

  • The word “hallow” comes from the Old English word “hālig.
  • To hallow is “to make holy or sacred, to sanctify or consecrate, to venerate.”
  • The word “e’en” means “evening.”
  • And so Halloween means Holy Evening! How cool is that?

Halloween is actually a holy day — All Hallows’ Eve, which is the Eve before All Saints Day on November 1 and All Souls Day on November 2. On this All Hallows’ Eve, we prepare ourselves for the celebration of the two holy days to come.
Insofar as what Satan has chosen to do with this important Eve, that is his business. (See “We have met the Halloween monsters, and they are us“)
We can give import and publicity to what the father of lies has done to this day, or we can give import to this Eve in preparation for All Saints Day.  I choose to do the latter.
Satan has a history of turning holy days into an abomination, which is his goal, to insult holiness and turn truth upside down.  For example, May 1st has been celebrated as Communist’s Day.  However, in our faith, it is Mary’s day, as is the  month of May.  The Holy Mass Satan celebrates as a black mass, desecrating Our Lord Jesus.  I like what Taylor Marshall, a Catholic writer and/or apologist, has said about Halloween in response to the premise that it is evil, to-wit:
“There are some Christians who have written off Halloween as some sort of diabolical black mass.  To be clear, it is the vigil of a Christian holy day:  All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints Eve.  Has it been corrupted by our culture and the consumer market?  You bet.  However, Christmas has also been derailed by the culture.  Does that mean that we’re going to hand over Christmas?  No way!  Same goes for Halloween.  The Church does not surrender what rightfully belongs to her – she wins it back.”  
There is nothing new in what Satan tries to do; we can fall into his trap and emphasize what he has done, or we can observe Halloween as All Hallows’ Eve — a holy day.
Tomorrow, I will discuss All Saints Day. Click here!
~Joan (with revisions by Eowyn)

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7 responses to “Reclaim Halloween as the holy All Hallows' Eve!

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  2. This is lovely! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. ojr;
    My Sister always denounced Halloween a a pagan holiday,but I really never gave it much thought. I suppose if we look at the writings of enough people we can always find “evidence” to the contrary of what the common understanding is. Then it’s only a matter of verifying the credibility of that writer and THEIR sources to reach the truth. Typically,over time a lot of facts are lost or “changed’,in turn changing the actual truth.

  5. Just for added clarification, halloween is a catholic holiday which was likely constructed in good faith as a replacement and substitution for the pagan samhain, it is Not the same celebration, anyone associating the two as being the exact same thing will need to do more research.
    Personally I agree with Joan to the point that why should we let the devil have a day (any day in fact, what does he do that he merits any day out of God’s order of time?). As I see it halloween has three defining elements: dressing up, festivities, and a spirit of generosity that is generally encouraged, and these can most certainly be achieved in a Christian context, and need have nothing to do with the occult or the pagan celebration or the devilish elements. A Good Christian Halloween is Possible, and I think it should be pursued… lets do away with the violence, gore, devilry, and thanatophilia/phobia, get back bobbing for apples and costume balls. and a God-given spirit of rejoicing & generosity.

  6. Yeah…that what they should done with the golden calf…ah…never mind, that IS what they did and it didn’t go so well. If you can’t figure out the difference between the holy and the profane…You are in for a HUGE surprise and it won’t be a happy one…YIKES!


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