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PKLC Communiqué     10/31/18

Meaning and Origin of All Saints Day

Shared from: Christian.com

In the early years when the Roman Empire persecuted Christians, so many martyrs died for their faith, that the Church set aside special days to honor them. For example, in 607 Emperor Phocas presented to the pope the beautiful Roman Pantheon temple. The pope removed the statues of Jupiter and the pagan gods and consecrated the Pantheon to "all saints" who had died from Roman persecution in the first three hundred years after Christ.

. . . Since there were too many martyrs for each to be given a day, they were lumped together into one day. In the next century, All Saints Day was changed by Pope Gregory III to today's date--November l. People prepared for their celebration with a night of vigil on Hallows' Eve – Halloween. . . In the 10th century, Abbot Odela added the next day--November 2nd--as "All Souls" Day" to honor not just the martyrs, but all Christians who had died. People prayed for the dead, but many unchristian superstitions continued. People in Christian lands offered food to the dead--as it had been in pagan times. The superstitious also believed that on these two days, souls in purgatory would take the form of witches, toads, or demons and haunt persons who had wronged them during their lifetime.

On a positive note who are your favorite heroes in Christian History? Can you think of any whose example has inspired you? Why not use All Saints Day to think of and give thanks for as many Christians from the past as you can remember, whether they are famous or not, especially if their lives and teaching contributed something to yours.

So, how should we think of All Saints Day? The Bible doesn’t tell us to pray to the saints (Matt. 6:6) or through the saints (1 Tim. 2:5). Instead, we think of our connectedness to past saints and find inspiration in their stories of God's faithfulness. Hebrews 11 gives many examples of the great cloud of witnesses whose lives tell of God's unfailing love and grace. These saints speak from the past; "God is faithful." "The Lord is good. Trust Him." "His grace was sufficient for me in my trials and is sufficient for you today." How about you? Think about your connection with all of God's saints. (Christian.com)


Pastor Bob

By The Way:

Wednesday 31, 3:00 Confirmation.

Sunday 4, 9:00 A.M. Morning worship and Holy Communion. Sermon: The Church Triumphant.

10:15 Sunday school for all ages.

Nov. 12-19, OCC collection at PKLC.