Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
Halloween just “ain’t” what it used to be. The name “HALLOWEEN” actually is a contraction of the ancient observance Al All Hallows Eve” on Oct. 1, the “eve” of All Saints Day, Nov. 1, when those who had died Alt previous year were remembered and honored.
The early belief was that the souls of the dead would have one last “eve” to seek revenge on any mortal with whom they had a dispute. The practice of masks and costumes was to hide from these vengeful souls. Other practices were added to [(All) Hallow(s) E(v)en] – Halloween – in later years.
All Saints Day, Nov. 1, was the day set to remember the “saints” in our lives. In this case, “saint” does not refer to people who were particularly pious or perfect. In Scripture the word “saint” means “believer.” So All Saints Day is a time to celebrate and give thanks for the people who have been examples of faith—those who have been sources of encouragement and inspiration to us as they walked with their God.
Our Bay Village celebration of All Saints Day will Al during our Friday Vespers on Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m in the Auditorium. We will remember all our Bay Village saints who died since Nov. 1, 2011. Please join us for this moving and meaningful time of thanking God for these saints who were, and always will be, significant people in our hearts and lives.