A question from a reader: celebrate halloween?
JWs, Pentecostals, and the other protestant fundie nuts.
Episcopalians tends not to be wet blankets about things like Halloween.
I wish NO christians celebrated halloween. It is a holy day to honor the dead. The spirits come back from the spirit world for 24 hours. It makes magick more likely to be completed too. But it has been perverted
Most americans belong to multiple social groups. Halloween for most is not associated with religious belief. That some Anglicans do or don’t celebrate Halloween cannot be attributed to their Anglican-ness, but to some other affiliation.
Only fringe churches that hold heresies such as the duality of good and evil and the god-like qualities of Satan prohibit their members from giving candy to children dressed up as imaginary beings
yes, im episcopalian and i celebrate it, ive heard that Jehovah’s Witnesses dont, but the rest mainly are okay with it, it actually falls the night before all saints day, also called all hallows day, so the night before is hallows eve, which is where they get the name halloween, which is the day we devote to honoring the saints and the day that follows is all souls day, which is used to honor the souls of the dead who have not passed on yet and are still wandering the earth, so we actually have a spiritual connection to the day. the dressing up in costumes is based on the celtic belief that this is the day that the dead come to earth and so you have to dress up as a demon so they will think your one of them and wont try to possess you, but we dont believe that and know the dressing up is just for fun. its like valentines day, it was created to honor a catholic saint whose love cured a blind girl, and whether you are a theist or a atheist, everyone participates in the holiday, and use it to celebrate love, even if you dont believe in the history behind it, we still celebrate halloween to have fun and celerate the dead, even if we dont believe in the history behind some of the practices. anglicans and episcopalians follow most of the catholics opinions on things, and a vatican appointed exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth said, “If English and American children like to dress up as witches and devils on one night of the year that is not a problem. If it is just a game, there is no harm in that.” so we take that as an okay that what we are doing isnt wrong.
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