Newsletter 28 October & 4 November 2018
NIGHT OF LIGHT
'I am the light of
the world.' Jesus said. 'Arise,
shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises on you.' Isaiah
comes to mind when you think of Halloween? Probably, like most people, it is
the images of witches, ghosts and so on, which belong to the dark world of the
occult and magic - images of darkness and death.
In fact, Halloween
('All Hallows Eve'), the evening of 31st October, is the vigil
(beginning) of the feast of All Saints - the feast in which we celebrate the
glory of God in His saints.
The victory of light
over darkness in the lives of God's holy ones in heaven. Jesus is the 'Light of
the World'. The saints lived by that light, and became a beacon in their own
generation. We too are called by Jesus to live out this vocation - to be the
'Light of the World' today.
In this new
Millennium, let Christians reclaim Halloween for God so that it is transformed
from a night of darkness into a great Christian festival once again. In this
way, in the years to come, when people are asked what immediately springs to
mind when they think of Halloween, they will think of Jesus Christ and the
glory of God in His saints. They will
think of a Night of Light!
On the eve of All
Saints, here at the Friary, the evening will as usual be taken up with Exposition
from 5pm-8pm and this will be immediately followed by the Vigil Mass for All
Saints which will lead to a Candlelight Procession. Children coming (I know
it's late) may like to dress appropriately as angels and saints!
Come and celebrate the Night of Light!