While Halloween is considered a secular event, the day that follows it, All Saints Day, is a Christian holiday that it is celebrated in different ways across the globe.
All Saints Day is always observed on the first day of November, and it falls on a Wednesday this year. For many Christians, the day is celebrated to honor departed loved ones, believing that there is a special bond between those who are already in heaven and the living.
While remembering saints has always been a Christian tradition, beginning as early as the fourth century AD, it was only in 609 AD when Pope Boniface IV decided to honor the martyrs, both known and unknown. However, in 837AD, Pope Gregory IV moved the date of the Feast of All Holy Martyrs from May 13 to Nov. 1 and changed the name of the celebration to Feast of All Saints, or what is now known as All Saints Day.
However, All Saints Day is also referred to as All Hallows Day or Hallowmas as, after all, the word “Hallow” means a saint or somebody holy. As All Hallows Day is celebrated on November 1, Halloween is known as also known as All Hallows Eve as it is celebrated on October 31.
All Saints Day is celebrated in different ways. While the religious holiday is traditionally celebrated with the hymn “For All the Saints” by Walsham How and lighting candles to remember the dead in English-speaking countries, Guatemala, Spain and Portugal celebrate with offerings.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?- We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
What is your response?
If you are not a Christian, and would like to become a Christian. Simply say - "LORD Jesus, thank you for forgiving me of my SINs, today I am deciding to follow you. Accept me into your family, in Jesus name I pray. Amen "
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