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Halloween..whoopee?

October 28, 2011

MEMBER’S ADULT HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY
 
COVER NO
COSTUMES YES
THIS IS A MEMBERS AND GUEST ONLY EVENT
SORRY NO MINORS
so read the invitation from the Club.

And pasted on the door happy Halloween as I left after my walk and shower.

“Happy Halloween?

Am I a child waiting for this meaningful feast? Hardly.
On the other hand this signifies an inchoate yearning to celebrate something.

And Halloween of course did once.

All Hallow’s Eve was the night before we celebrate ALL Saints’ Day in the Christian calendar, acknowledging our debt to those inspiring figures of the past we call saints.

And as every Christian knows November 2 is All Soul’s Day, a remembrance of family who have died.It sure gets dark in November—appropriate for the departed souls.The scary costumes and witches deal with this mysterious aspect of death.

Christianity of course has always taken popular “feasts” and Christianized them, Christmas being the most famous…December 25 is the first day we would notice the LIGHT advancing, the days getting longer,the Roman feast of Sol Invictus…the unconquerable Sun…so the birth of Jesus, our “unconquerable son.”

The Britons, pagans as we called them, pre-Christian ancients were plugged into similar nature “feasts’. For them this autumnal feast (Halloween) was celebrated in honor of their sun-god with bonfires, a tribute to the light that brought them abundant harvest. Harvests, growing things out of the fecund earth have been celebrated for millenia.

Christianity simply adopts them. Baptizes them if you will.

Why not?

So our neighbourhood gets decked out in Halloween motifs.Harmless? Sure but it signifies that we desperately want some liturgy, something to get excited about.

The Church deems Advent as a much more appropriate time, the 4 weeks before Christmas.

I doubt if the Club will celebrate this!

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