31
Oct
15

Halloween, All Souls’ Day, or Reformation Day

Excerpts from “The Connection Between Halloween and Reformation Day”

“There’s a curious connection between Halloween and Reformation Day, and it’s more than just proximity on the calendar. Why did Martin Luther nail his famous 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church door on October 31, 1517? He was confronting two religious observances that promoted false saintliness and exploited people’s fear of judgment and purgatory.”
On Halloween

Its origin is Celtic and has to do with summer sacrifices to appease Samhain, the lord of death, and evil spirits. Those doing the pagan rituals believed that Samhain sent evil spirits abroad to attack humans, who could escape only by assuming disguises and looking like evil spirits themselves.

Regarding All Souls’ Day
“People pray for the souls of the dead, in an effort to hasten their transition from purgatory to heaven by being purged and cleansed from their sins.”

“Instead of the treasury of merit that was for sale, Luther protested,

The true treasure of the Church is the Most Holy Gospel of the glory and the grace of God” (Thesis 62).

This was Luther’s desire for Reformation day.”

For the complete article from The Connection Between Halloween & Reformation Day

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