A night of tradition.
And when I say "tradition" I'm not talking about ghouls and ghosts or the
typically imagined pagan ideology (insert very evil ideas here).
All Hallows' Eve is one of my favorite feasts to celebrate!
I think it's because it is an "eve", and I am hopelessly in love with the magic of anticipation!
It is a vigil to be kept; a night of prayer and keeping watch for the Feast of All Saints!
Now I am not a liturgical professional by any means. In fact, I find that most of the
details (interesting article) surrounding how All Hallows' Eve as a night of Christian worship
came into practice very confusing. It is understood that this night was one of high pagan worship -
full of harvest festivals praising the false gods of a particular belief or region.
Beyond the middle ages it was a night when the poor would go door to door
begging for "soul cakes" - promising to pray for the beloved dead of anyone who
would share. Sounds a little like modern day trick-or-treating?
I love it that such dark days can be made holy by faithful Christians
who are willing to raise their voices in battle against the ones who still
embrace and live out this "feast" with full satanic flair (again, use your imagination).
Feeling called to community, we decided to throw open the doors to our 1,000 sq ft.
home and invite our friends in to celebrate All Hallows' Eve with us!
A supper club style dinner following a "Fall: Warm & Cozy" theme is underway!
It's going to be a night of food, friendship, and sitting on the floor, couches, or anywhere
you can find a seat to remember the reality of hell and to share and pray for our loved ones
who have passed away and the ones who are still suffering here on earth.
Here's the invite I worked up...
(celebrating on the 30th - it's what works for our community this year)
which is a fancy name for Psalm 130, to help usher people into prayer....
"Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
O Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins,
O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness;
therefore you are feared.
I wait for the Lord, my souls waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
more than watchman wait for morning,
more than watchman wait for morning.
O Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins."
I know I know. Super, trippy, Catholic and all. We might even throw around
a little holy water for good measure. I'm kidding.
Want to host something like this for your family and friends too?!
DO IT. You've still got time!!! Feel free to e-mail me if you need some motivation
or want to bounce around some ideas! firstname.lastname@example.org
And P.S. this is NOT just for Catholics.
In light of preparing our home for this gathering I was inspired to paint
my decorative owl WHITE. Why?! Because almost everything in my home is a shade
of brown and I wanted this little guy to POP!
Flat white spray paint. Hobby Lobby, I count you among my closest friends.
I just love how the littlest change, using a small amount of money, can make
you feel like you just got something NEW!
Ok - here's to a happy fall and blessed All Hallows' Eve!!!