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2012-10-25 / Church

Just a Thought.......


Rev. DaveFischer Rev. DaveFischer Soon it will be Halloween. As I am too old to trick-or-treat, I thought I might make my contribution to the day by writing of its origins.

Originally, Halloween was “All Hallows Eve”. It got that name because it preceeded “All Saints Day”. That day began in 1609 when Pope Boniface, on the 13th of May, consecrated the Pantheon, changing it into the Church of St. Mary and the Martyrs.

In so doing, he also dedicated a chapel there to “all Saints”. Thus, began “All Saints Day” and its forerunner “All Hallows Eve”.

I hope it helps to recall that the original date was a celebration of the real power in the world – God’s power. That may comfort us when we face what some have turned into a night of demons.

That may also help us as we send out the little ones, knowing that they are gathering treats just before “All Saints Day”.

Something to think about the next time someone tries to convince you that this time of year is all about the bad.

Rev. David Fischer is interim Minister at First Christian Church in Lexington

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