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The Gospel of Halloween

Christ is Made King in Heaven

The Devil is Cast to Earth & Evil Floods

the Streets Good Overcomes Evil

The Saints Reign Eternally with Christ

Celebrating Dramatically the  Good News for All Who  Accept Jesus as King

Understand Halloween in Light of Salvation Is there really any “good news” (or “gospel”) about  Halloween? Is Halloween something Christians can and  should participate in? The answer to both is a resounding YES! Sure, the only thing people today know about the  holiday is the commercialism associated with it, but in the  same way that we do not let Santa overwhelm our views of  Christmas or the Easter Bunny to replace our ideas about  Easter, so we do not let werewolves, zombies, and witches  dictate our beliefs regarding Halloween.

The first thing we should realize in regarding such  beliefs is the word itself: “Halloween.” It is a contraction of  “All Hallow’s Eve,” as in the Eve of the Feast of the Hallowed  ones (Hallows-Even 🢚 Hallow-E’en 🢚 Halloween). “Hallow” is  simply another word for “Holy,” and is used more often in  the Lord’s Prayer’s “Hallowed be Thy Name.” Yet in this  case, we are talking about the men and women who been hallowed (made holy) and raised into being Saints of the  Living God. Thus, when we think of celebrating Halloween we should expect the celebrations to center around the  process of becoming saints (Hallowed ones).

Seeing and Accepting Christ as the King For this reason, the celebrations for Halloween actually  begin on the last Sunday in October, where we can practice  that which begins the process of believers’ lives being  Hallowed– their seeing and accepting Jesus as King. While the practice of annually examining one’s loyalty to God as  King is nearly as old as the Exodus itself with the Old  Testament celebration of Rosh Hashana, it wasn’t restored  to the Church’s Calendar until 1925 by Pope Pius XI. He saw  the need for it to be restored to annual practice in order to  confront “the manifold evils in the world [that] were due to  the fact that the majority of men had thrust Jesus Christ and  His holy law out of their lives” (Encyclical of Pope Pius XI on Feast of  Christ the King, pp.1,5,8). He understood and believed in the happiness that would result from humanity allowing  themselves to be governed by Christ as King, thus this Feast was reinstated on the Sunday preceding the celebration of  All Saints making it the head of a three-part celebration moving from seeing and accepting Jesus Christ as the King,  confronting the evil in our lives that resist and are contrary  to His rule, and then seeking the grace to fully take off the  old man in order to put on the new hallowed man.  

Part 1: The Feast Christ the King

(Accepting Jesus as the Inaugurated King, Rev.5) Thus, at the start of the festivities, the Church celebrates Jesus’ enthronement as King of Kings and Lord of Lords,  Who alone is worthy “to receive power and wealth and  wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing” (Feast  Introit, Rev.5:12). With this verse, the Church on earth joins the  Church in heaven praising Jesus for His kingly inauguration  after defeating sin, death, and the grave (cf.Rev.4-5). He is  worthy because He has done what it took to restore all of  humanity to God’s covenantal family and Kingdom (see Epistle  Reading Col.1:12-20).

This Feast offers believers the annual chance to examine  whether or not they are, or have been, loyal. This is  paramount, because those who accept Jesus as King and  remain loyal to Him by overcoming the evil of their age, will  be granted the privilege of reigning with Him eternally as one of His Saints (cf.Rev.3:21). Hence for the remaining time of  Allhallowtide, the focus of the celebrations shifts for  believers to face down and deal with the evil that is in both  their lives and the world, so that they will be among those  who overcome and join the number of the saints in light. Part 2: Halloween

(Un-loyal Forces Must Be Dealt With, Rev.6-19)

Now just as it is in the Book of Revelation, so it is in our  own lives that evil does not go away on its own free-will  just because it hears that Christ has been made king in  heaven. In fact, it comes to the surface fighting tooth and

nail against Him, which is what gets dramatized on the Eve    of All Saints, or Halloween. The drama gets played out  primarily in two ways:  

1) We remember our old natures: walking dead, devils,  witches, pretenders, etc., by donning our old lives, in  costumes albeit, remembering the fleeting sweetness for  an evening and then casting it off to celebrate becoming  part of God’s family of Saints the next morning.  2) We dramatize the world’s attempt to flood the streets  of the earth with evil beasts, antichrists, and monsters against the ascended-Christ only for them to be  vanquished by the dawning sun when only the saints  remain to reign.

These celebrations bear a resemblance to the Springtime  celebrations of Shrove/Fat Tuesday whereby believers, in a  fun manner, get rid of all that is inappropriate for the  coming season. This evening and its traditions remind us that while Jesus might have finished His work on earth in  the flesh, we have not. The Devil has been cast down to the  earth (cf.Rev.12:12,17) because Jesus has been made King in  heaven, so we now play out that drama by recognizing this  reality and how we have too often been a part of Satan’s kingdom on earth, seeking then to cast off those old ways  and identities, to renounce his claims to rule the world, and  to longingly look toward that final dawn when “the God of  peace will ultimately crush Satan under our feet” (Rom.16:20).

Part 3: All Saints

(Christ’s Victory and Our Being His Saints, Rev.20-22)

This ultimate defeat of Satan and all disloyal powers are  the cause for the great praise that erupts during the Feast of  All Saints. Despite all of their evil efforts,God still grants the  grace for all generations of His Church to overcome them and to be knit together as one fellowship. We give thanks  for all those who have gone before us in God’s faith and fear and look for God to give us the grace necessary to overcome  our tribulations and to be able to join that great multitude.