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Just for reference: in the Christian East, the Feast of All Saints is still celebrated in accord with the ancient Antiochian and Western tradition on the Sunday after Pentecost. The East’s equivalent of All Souls is multiple: we keep Soul Saturdays in commemoration of all of the faithful departed several times throughout the year.
Actually, Samhain is the festival of the dead at the end of “summer”; Samionos is a month Samionos was tied to a lunar calendar, but could certainly be translated to a solar calendar as November. Even neopagan authors have questionned the neopagan assertion that the feast of Samhein was related to Samionos: Samionos was roughly November; Samhein means (grossly translated) “end of summer”. Summer, as translated here, lasted three months and began in May. Presumably, then, Samhein was in August.
Now, anyone care to guess why an 8th-century Italian pope would even care about a Celtic calendar observation? Don’t forget that in the 8th Century, the Celtic lands (Eire, Scots, Mannx, Wales, and Brittany) were probably the most tenuously Catholic of all Roman lands, stubbornly quarreling with the Roman-established archdiocese of Canterbury.
Happy Reformation Day!!!
I must admit, I’ve always found those who get upset (frightened?) of Halloween, let alone Christmas, as more than a little nuts.
Real Satanists celebrate their own BIRTHDAY as the most sacred “holiday” due to their overt worship of themselves....but I don’t hear anyone talking about doing away with birthdays.
Halloween was one of those almost forgotten things until after WWII, specifically in the USA, were the parents of the baby-boomers couldn’t resist spoiling the tikes with candy from trick-or-treating.... Since then a very few (total) nuts took it more seriously, but it’s just a fun kids day, and shouldn’t be feared. It’s when, WHEN it is feared that it gets evil, as that’s how evil feeds...on fear.
“Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.” (St. Paul in Colossians 2:16)
November 1, 2007
Feast of All Saints
The earliest certain observance of a feast in honor of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of "all the martyrs." In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagonloads of bones and reinterred them beneath the Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods. The pope rededicated the shrine as a Christian church. According to Venerable Bede, the pope intended "that the memory of all the saints might in the future be honored in the place which had formerly been dedicated to the worship not of gods but of demons" (On the Calculation of Time).
But the rededication of the Pantheon, like the earlier commemoration of all the martyrs, occurred in May. Many Eastern Churches still honor all the saints in the spring, either during the Easter season or immediately after Pentecost.
How the Western Church came to celebrate this feast in November is a puzzle to historians. The Anglo-Saxon theologian Alcuin observed the feast on November 1 in 800, as did his friend Arno, Bishop of Salzburg. Rome finally adopted that date in the ninth century.