Should Christians celebrate Halloween?
Does Halloween really come out of the liturgy?
All Saints' Day, which is also known as All Hallows' Day, Hallowmas, the Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints, is a Christian solemnity celebrated in honor of all the saints, known and unknown.
In Western Christianity, it is celebrated on November 1 by most churches. November 1 is also the day before All Souls' Day. It is thus the day before All Souls' Day, which commemorates the faithful departed.
In the mid seventh century Pope Boniface IV blessed the Pantheon in Rome, which once was a church to all the divine beings, as a church committed to Saint Mary and the Martyrs, and requested that that date, thirteenth May, ought to be commended each year.
It turned into All Saints' Day, a day to respect all the saints, and later, at the command of Pope Urban, a day uniquely to respect those saints who didn't have their very own celebration day.
In the eighth century, on first November, Pope Gregory III devoted a church to all the saints in the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican. Gregory IV at that point made the celebration widespread all through the Church, and first November has become All Saints' Day for the western Church.
The Orthodox Church observes All Saints' Day on the primary Sunday after Passover - a date nearer to the original thirteenth May.
The All Saints' Day festivity was called ll-hallows or All-hallowmas and the prior night it, the customary evening of Samhain in the Celtic religion, started to be called All-Hallows Eve and, in the long run, Halloween.
Here are some of our favorite saints olive wood statuettes:
Notice the flowing lines of the robe and the superb proportions as we are drawn into the depth of Joseph's love and reverence for the Christ Child as he presents Jesus to all who will accept Him.
The artisan families of Bethlehem carve a variety of olive wood statuettes from carefully aged and dried olive-wood found in Bethlehem, the Holy Land.
These olive wood sculptures make a unique and thought provoking addition to your home. The unique forms convey the Christian faith by way of very recognizable symbols.
Watch our artisans hand carving this olive wood statue at our workshop in Bethlehem:
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