Time to remember those who are gone
St. Brendan’s Anglican Church is inviting people to go to a service this Friday night to mark All Souls Day, which comes at the end of a week in which All Saints Day or Halloween is celebrated.
Father David Lord said households would tonight see children knocking on doors trick or treating for Halloween and that the tradition of dressing up in costumes at Halloween came from the Feast of All Souls Day, when we remember the dead.
Dressing up became part of Halloween in the British colonies in North America, linking Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators’ gunpowder plot to kill King James 1 of England on November 5, 1605 with the trick or treating we experience today.
In England, after the gunpowder plot, revellers began to wear masks and visit locals demanding beer and cakes for their celebrations.
This is the root of what has become known as trick or treat.
In England, this trick or treating was known as Mischief Night, which was November 4, the eve of Bonfire Night.
Since the 7th century, Christians have celebrated November 1 as All Hallow’s Day, or All Saints Day as we call it today, hence the evening before became All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween.
All Saint’s Day is to celebrate the holy saints and martyrs of Christianity.
In the 10th Century, a celebration was added on November 2 called All Souls Day. This celebration was a feast to recognise those loved ones who had died and were now in heaven.
All are invited to join the people of St Brendan’s Anglican Church on the corner of Currie Street and Parkland Avenue, Warnbro, to give thanks for their loved ones who have died.
The service will be held on Friday at 7pm.
St Brendan’s by the Sea Anglican Church reverend David Lord.