All Hallow’s Eve: Yes, It’s More Than Pumpkins and Candy

All  Hallow’s Eve – known as Halloween today – is the vigil of All Saints Day (or All Hallows), a major feast on the liturgical calendar and a Holy Day of Obligation.  Halloween (October 31st) is connected with All Saints Day (November 1st) and All Souls’ Day (November 2nd).  These three days are the “Days of the Dead,” a triduum also known as Allhallowtide, or Hallowmas, reminding the faithful of the reality of Heaven and Hell; the Communion of Saints; and our obligation to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.

Holy Family pray for us … Amen.

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For further reading see:

http://www.catholic365.com/article/5420/halloween-is-a-catholic-holiday.html

https://www.catholic.com/magazine/print-edition/why-catholics-should-embrace-halloween

https://www.catholic.com/magazine/online-edition/halloween-or-samhain

 

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