Maybe So ...
We’ve had some controversy over Halloween celebrations here at Utmost United Methodist Church.
“Halloween had Christian beginnings, but very much like Christmas it has been hijacked by commercialism,” our pastor, Rev. Mostly Wright, said. “Costume sales have driven the imagery toward the gruesome, ghosts, and goblins.”
Rev. Wright and Major Day decided to take a positive approach to illuminate the original meaning of Halloween and diffuse the negative attitudes. Major Day pointed out that what we now celebrate in the church as All Saints’ Day was first known as “All Hallow’s Day.” He pointed out that All Hallow’s Eve was the evening before All Saints’ Day, hence “Hallo-een.”
Their research revealed that in 835 AD Pope Gregory IV placed All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1. Thus as the celebration of the Saints who have died in the past year, death, ghosts, etc. were in the minds of many. It is not a large jump that non-Christians, or even tepid Christians, might focus on ghoulish, zombie-like imagery.
Rev Wright said, “I am not willing to give up on the basic meaning of All Hallow’s Eve because others misinterpret its meaning. Our role is to proclaim our faith.”
Until next time …
Rhodes Crossing, Ga.