Time to re­mem­ber those who are gone

Southern Telegraph - - Seniors Lifestyle -

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.

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