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31 October 2005 @ 01:19 pm
Happy Halloween! Happy Birthday!  
A very big Happy Birthday to PJ pj_grey! I hope you have a wonderful day.

Sorry for the mix-up about friend seraphimsigrist -- who didn't intentionally unfriend me. (Though I wouldn't have blamed him, seriously. I've been so inactive here for so long. And my lifestyle has changed rather drastically...)

Just for the record for friends old and new, I do spend a lot of my day in prayer. It's very much a pattern of my life.

But I also spend a lot of my day doing things far-less-usual for me. (I'll save some of my confessions for another post, I think.)

Along with Halloween (Halloween Greetings to all reading), today and tomorrow are part of a spiritual cycle for all of us... Tomorrow (November 1) is recognized in the Church as the Solemnity of All Saints. (Or by the old calendar as the Feast of All Saints.)

Tomorrow the Church celebrates all the saints -- canonized or beatified. And the multitude of those who are in heaven enjoying the beatific vision that are only known to God.

During the early centuries the Saints venerated by the Church were all martyrs. Later on the Popes set November 1 as the day for commemorating all the Saints.

We all have this 'universal call to holiness.' What must we to do in order to join the company of the saints in heaven? We 'must follow in His footsteps and conform [ours]elves to His image seeking the will of the Father in all things. [We] must devote [our]selves with all [our] being to the glory of God and the service of [our] neighbor. In this way, the holiness of the People of God will grow into an abundant harvest of good, as is admirably shown by the life of so many saints in Church history.'(Lumen Gentium, 40)

During the year the Church celebrates one by one the feasts of the saints. Today she joins them all in one festival. In addition to those whose names she knows, she recalls in a magnificent vision all the others 'of all nations and tribes standing before the throne and in sight of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands, proclaiming Him who redeemed them in His Blood.'

The feast of All Saints is intended to inspire us with tremendous hope. Among the saints of heaven are some whom we have known. All lived on earth lives like our own. They were baptized, marked with the sign of faith, they were faithful to Christ's teaching and they have gone before us to the heavenly home whence they call on us to follow them. The Gospel of the Beatitudes, read today, while it shows their happiness, shows, too, the road that they followed.

'The Commemoration of All Saints' was first celebrated in the East. The feast was then found in the West on different dates in the eighth century. Roman Martyrology mentions that the date is a claim of fame for Gregory IV (827-844) -- and that he extended this observance to the whole of Christendom. But it seems that Gregory III (731-741) preceded him in this. At Rome on May 13 there was the annual commemoration of the consecration of the basilica of St. Maria ad Martyres (or St. Mary and All Martyrs). This was the former Pantheon (the temple of Agrippa) which was dedicated to all the gods of paganism -- to which Boniface IV had translated many relics from the catacombs.

Gregory VII transferred the anniversary of this dedication to November 1.

Besides attending mass, other activities for the day often include visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead (which can be done at any point during the Octave of All Saints' Day which is Nov. 1 - Nov. 8) and praying the Litany of the Saints.

Of course, don't get the Church started on Halloween, as I've mentioned before. And the Church's version of Samhain is... strongly colored. (That's my nice way of saying it's intentionally misrepresented!)

But that's the problem with those of us who are well-educated. We often end up finding that the Church --and church leaders throughout history -- have blatantly changed facts to suit Church purposes.

Anyway, I refuse to be anti-Halloween this year! (And Samhain should not be confused with Satanism. But that's another discussion!)
Mood: goodgood
+Seraphim: campbells apt.seraphimsigrist on October 31st, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
call for sam hane
well I have little use for samhain ...I know
something , more than a little and perhaps more
than most, about the magical world and the esoteric
and the neopagans and wiccans are not groups I have
ever had the gift of taking seriously...
I do not mean as individuals who are all infinitely
precious but the whole scene...

on a lighter level there is Sam Hane occult detective

You know just as a married couple know each other well
enough to find every weak point and to find occasion
to be angry so anyone who knows the Church a little can find
much to disagree with said by this or that person,
promulagated at this or that time...
my own feeling is that this is partly because a universal
church will include people of all temperments and even reflect
the polarities of temperment as Fr Alexander Men discusses
in his important essay at
perhaps you have read this...

But also certainly there have been times and places and
even overall tendencies of very sophisticated understanding
of many things...
some things(such as the human heart perhaps) are not amenable
to sophisticated undeerstanding so the best efforts of moral
theology fall short but are not yet maybe contemptible when
set against alternative understanding...

The Aurora Consurgens a book of alchemy is sometimes attributed
to St Thomas Aquinas , I doubt the attribution but that it could
be made without apparant absurdity is maybe something which people
who suppose Christians to be not up to their fancy inner knowledge...

these various haloween thoughts just shared in not intended
to contradict but perhaps as counterpoint.
Stalker Extraordinaire: dark shadowspetarpan on March 20th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
You said you spend a lot of your day in prayer. How do you pray? Is it meditation?
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