Special Halloween/Reformation Day/All Saints Edition

Special Halloween/Reformation Day/All Saints Edition October 30, 2009

This weekend is lots of holidays, sacred and profane, overlapping and one after another. So we will contemplate them all.

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  • This is precisely what a piece I wrote recently talks about. I didn’t include Halloween and All Saints, but the relationship clearly applies to the cycle of degeneration and regeneration humans seem to fall into automatically: Mardis Gras & Lent, New Year’s Eve & the New Year… even Saturday and Sunday! I don’t think the cycle of degeneration and regeneration is a good thing, but it seems to be something humans automatically do.

  • This is precisely what a piece I wrote recently talks about. I didn’t include Halloween and All Saints, but the relationship clearly applies to the cycle of degeneration and regeneration humans seem to fall into automatically: Mardis Gras & Lent, New Year’s Eve & the New Year… even Saturday and Sunday! I don’t think the cycle of degeneration and regeneration is a good thing, but it seems to be something humans automatically do.

  • Certainly.

    We are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves.

    We must be regenerated daily. From outside of ourselves.

    Thank you Martin Luther and thank you Dear Lord Jesus!

  • Certainly.

    We are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves.

    We must be regenerated daily. From outside of ourselves.

    Thank you Martin Luther and thank you Dear Lord Jesus!

  • sethfromhillsdalecollege

    My college had a Council of Trent party last night…

    Sacred or profane….? Hehe.

  • sethfromhillsdalecollege

    My college had a Council of Trent party last night…

    Sacred or profane….? Hehe.

  • What an observation, Stewart! This weekend really proves your point, in two ways: Halloween=Bad death (scary, rotting corpses, skeletons, ghosts), followed immediately by All Saints’ Day=Good death (immortal souls, eternal life, saints victorious).

    Reformation Day=celebrating the breaking of the church (yes, that deserves celebrating), followed the next day by All Saints’ Day=the church united.

  • What an observation, Stewart! This weekend really proves your point, in two ways: Halloween=Bad death (scary, rotting corpses, skeletons, ghosts), followed immediately by All Saints’ Day=Good death (immortal souls, eternal life, saints victorious).

    Reformation Day=celebrating the breaking of the church (yes, that deserves celebrating), followed the next day by All Saints’ Day=the church united.

  • So what do you do at a Council of Trent party? Sit around and curse people? 😉

  • So what do you do at a Council of Trent party? Sit around and curse people? 😉

  • Don

    Speaking of a “cycle of degeneration and regeneration,” it is not just humans. What about seasons? Economic cycles? History itself?

  • Don

    Speaking of a “cycle of degeneration and regeneration,” it is not just humans. What about seasons? Economic cycles? History itself?

  • Nice post. I like it. Somehow I think I’ll be checking your blog out again soon 😉 Thanks guys!

  • Nice post. I like it. Somehow I think I’ll be checking your blog out again soon 😉 Thanks guys!