Halloween and Christian Faith?
Halloween is upon us. Good ole All Hallows Eve- but lesser known as All Saints Eve... Halloween is actually a Christian tradition, and coincides with various other traditions and beliefs from around the world.
All Hallows Eve is similar to Christmas Eve if you think about it. We have been influenced to believe it is a Pagan holiday, focusing on keeping negative spirits from us, as the portal to the other realms is now open and energy is flowing freely. But to even acknowledge this; acknowledges that spirits are around us and that they are capable of journeying into the physical realm, which I find to be true- especially since I work with spirits and souls on a daily basis.
All Saints Day (or Hallowmas) is a holy day to celebrate the saints of the Christian faith. All souls are capable of being saints and ascending into Heaven, this holy day celebrates them and their ascension.
Hallow translates to Holy, and mas translates to Mass; therefore making Hallowmas- Holy Mass. All Hallows Eve or Halloween is the eve to Hallowmas, and is a time of fasting and preparing for the following day. The vigil for this feast on the eve of Hallowmas was known as All Hallows' Eve- which transformed into Halloween. The veil between our world and the spirit realm is the thinnest on this day, and that is where the rituals of costumes for Halloween began, to bring us protection from negative spirits and scaring them away.
All Saint's Day
All Hallow's Day or All Saints Day is a day to commemorate all souls who have progressed into Heaven, and laid to rest their sins, laid to rest the situations and pulls to this physical world.It recognizes those who have lived their lives full of love and light, and those have have found balance and peace in their souls. As many of you may recognize, that is my purpose in this life, is to help souls find their peace before it is too late.
All Saints Day commemorates these souls, and remembers them in our hearts and brings honor our ancestors.
This sacred day stems from a belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven, and the living. All Saints Day is for giving God thanks for the lives and death of the Saints- known and unknown by the church. Popular saints such as Saint Jude, Saint Christopher, Saint Paul and Saint Micheal all have their own separate days for celebration, but there are far too many saints for them to all have their own days- therefore All Saint's Day was created by the church in 835 AD by Pope Gregory IV.
Souls that ascend into heaven are Saints- so irregardless if they are mentioned in the Bible, all souls who have ascended into heaven are honored on this day. Some Saints have feasts throughout the year as well, but on All Saints Day we gather, give thanks to our God and feast in memory and honor of all Saints, known and unknown.
How to Celebrate All Saints Day
- Find inspiration from the ancestors. Live our best lives by their wishes, and use their lives and stories to find inspiration and love.
- Listen to their words of guidance, allow them to bring you to God and the Divine energy that surrounds us.
- Light candles in memory of our departed Saints, and give thanks for their journeys and their guidance.
Denominations such as Roman Catholic state that All Saints Day is a holy day, and Christians should attend mass on this day, just as they would Easter or Christmas.
Myself, I am not much of a mass person. I enjoy it at times, but often times I find God and my faith in worship at home or with loved ones. I celebrate by creating a worship space in my home or somewhere close to my heart, and spreading the word of God - if you chose to call it that- to my friends and family by living my best life.
(Spoiler alert- I don't go to mass on Christmas or Easter either.. I know, I'm a bad Christian.)
All Souls Day
On November 2nd, we remember our passed relatives and souls who have departed. If the 2nd falls on a Sunday, this day is moved to the 3rd of November. It is believed that the souls we celebrate on All Souls Day are in purgatory, healing from their sins and working to transition into the next phase of ascension. This seems kind of sad and scary- but its really not.
We are human, and we sin. We make mistakes, we hold onto imbalances in our souls and our spirits and sometimes, we just don't find that balance before we past. We hold on to greed, hate, our egos, shame and power. We can struggle with letting go of what pains us, and welcoming God into our hearts. We can struggle with this, and that is okay.
Not one person on this Earth is perfect. Not. One.
Purgatory gives us the opportunities to wash our sins away, release the energies that are weighing us down and allows us the chance to ascend after death.
All Souls Day remembers these souls, and we pray for them. We pray for their healing, their love and for them to be welcomed into Heaven. This is an opportunity for us to remember our passed loved ones by lighting candles, praying and visiting the graves of our loved ones. Some cultures will decorate the graves, make any repairs that are necessary and leave offerings for the deceased (this is more common in hispanic beliefs in coincidence with Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead)
What you can do during All Souls Day:
- Bake Soul Cakes and sharing them with the poor as well as our loved ones. -(See attached recipe at the bottom of this article.)
- Ring bells to comfort our deceased loved ones
- Light candles in their memory
- Visit ancestors and loved one's graves, make any repairs necessary and adorn the grave sites with food, flowers, oils, candles and photographs.
Allhallowtide and Various Faiths Around The World.
The Celtic festival of Samhain coincides with the Christian celebrations Halloween, All Saints Day, All Souls Day (Allhallowtide) of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), as well as other religious celebrations from various parts of the world- such as Pitru Paksha (Hindu) in India, the Chinese Ghost Festival, the Japanese Bon Festival, and even the Roman custom of Lemuria. One thing is certain, no matter your faith, your geographic or your God, one thing is certain, the core values of our beliefs are the same, we all just want to love our families, our ancestors and celebrate our faith.
SOUL CAKE RECIPE
1 cup butter, two sticks American
3 3⁄4 cups sifted flour
1 cup fine sugar
1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
4 -6 tablespoons milk
powdered sugar, to sprinkle on top
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender or a large fork.
- Blend in the sugar, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and allspice; beat eggs, vinegar, and milk together.
- Mix with the flour mixture until a stiff dough is formed.
- Knead thoroughly and roll out 1/4-inch thick.
- Cut into 3-inch rounds and place on greased baking sheets. Prick several times with a fork and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar while still warm.