All Hallows Eve

All Hallows Eve
Not that the Mass of the day has mention of black cats, or the Divine Office of witches, but for so long Halloween meant nothing but parties and vandalism that when someone first proposed that it came out of the liturgy.

You still hear people doubt it, even when you show them that Halloween is All-Hallows’-Eve which is the night-before-All-Saints’- Day. Some tell me they understand that Halloween pranks were a post-Reformation contribution to plague Catholics who kept the vigil of All Saints. Now it is possible that Halloween was abused for such a purpose; nevertheless, during all the Christian centuries up until the simplification of the Church calendar in 1956, it was a liturgical vigil in its own right and thus has a reason for being.

A celebration much like our Halloween, with bonfires and feasting on apples and nuts and harvest fruits, was part of pagan worship for centuries. The Britons celebrated in honor of their sun-god with bonfires, a tribute to the light that brought them abundant harvest. At the same time they saluted Samhain, their “lord of death,” who was thought to gather together at last the souls of the year’s dead which had been consigned to the bodies of animals in punishment for their sins. The Romans celebrated the same kind of festival at this time in honor of their goddess Pomona, a patroness of fruits and gardens. Whether the Church “baptized” these customs or chose this season for her feasts of the dead independent of them, their coincidence shows again how alike men are when they seek God and His ways, give praise, use the language of symbols to express the inexpressible.

Peeking through at Fall

Peeking through at Fall

Peeking through the trees on Otter Lake at the colors of fall and reflections on the lake…

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Autumn Fields

Autumn Fields

Autumn on the back roads in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia adds so much interest to the fields and forest…

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Windy Hill

Windy Hill

Looking across Windy Hill thoroughbred horse farm in Amherst County, Virginia…

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Autumns Morning Light and Mist

Autumns Morning Light and Mist

Morning on the James River as the sun peeks over the ridges and kisses the far banks…

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Farmhouse on the Hill

Farmhouse on the Hill

A two hundred year old farmhouse sits proudly within its autumn glory on a hill in Amherst County, Virginia…

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Ominous Skies Over the Farm

Ominous Skies Over the Farm

On an autumn day with snow showers, sleet, and sunshine the skies over this Amherst County farm looked threatening and determined…

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