This Friday is different, it’s Halloween. We all know what happens on Halloween - costumes, trick or treat with the kids, parties, pumpkins, decorations, haunted houses, etc. But the name of the day points to something beyond the pumpkins.
Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Eve, the day before All Hallows Day (All Hallows’ Day being the old-fashioned name for All Saints’ Day). Halloween is the start of a brief season in the Church year, which is why on Saturday and Sunday, everything will be white for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
In the middle of all of the busy-ness of day-to-day life, it’s important to take a break every now and then. To have a little fun, and to put things in perspective.
And that’s the point of the All Saints Triduum (it even has a name), it’s a little break. All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are there for perspective, to remind us that we a part of something much greater and that each of us was made for eternity. And Halloween? That’s the fun part.
More on this tomorrow.