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Celebrate Halloween, The Ancient Festival Of Summer's End

Many tales and events in Irish mythology happen or begin on Samhain night. Gatherings of royalty and warriors on Samhain made it an ideal setting for such tales, in the same way that many Arthurian tales are set at courtly gatherings at Christmas or Pentecost. People doused their hearth fires on Samhain night, then took flames from the bonfire back to their homes. Each family then solemnly re-lit its hearth from the communal bonfire, thus bonding the families of the village together around the shared flame.

Samhain celebrations involved sharing a communal feast that included ancestors as guests of honour. While children did rituals and played games with involved nuts and apples, the elders reviewed events of the past year for the benefit of those who had passed on, to encourage the dead to continue to take an interest in the affairs of the living. Samhain was seen as a liminal time, when the boundary between the living and the dead could more easily be crossed.

The souls of the dead were thought to revisit their homes seeking hospitality. Places were set at the dinner table and by the fire to welcome them. The belief that souls of thankful kin return home on one night of the year to bestow blessings has ancient origins and is found in many cultures throughout the world. Mumming and guising involved people going door-to-door in disguise, often reciting verses in exchange for food. It evolved from a tradition whereby people impersonated the souls of the dead, and received offerings on their behalf. On visiting each house they recited verses, and the farmer was expected to donate food.

If the farmer donated food he could expect good fortune; not doing so would bring misfortune. Wearing costumes at Halloween spread to England in the 20th century, as did the custom of playing pranks. Guisers or pranksters out on Samhain night would light their way with turnips or mangel wurzels, hollowed out to act as lanterns and often carved with grotesque faces. They were also set on windowsills.

By those who made them, the lanterns were variously said to represent the spirits or supernatural beings, or were used to ward off evil spirits.

Traditionally, children dress as scary beings, carry turnip lanterns and go from house to house asking for sweets or money. Samhain is also often described as the Celtic New Year. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. And the trees are huge. I felt like I was experiencing a small taste of the new earth—the woods sang as the sound of nature luxuriantly harmonized to the glory of God.

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Beautiful place. For three nights, we enjoyed grandma, uncles and aunts, cousins and spouses, and second cousins. We played at the beach, collected sea shells, located star fish, ate cheese and ice cream at the Tillamook Cheese Factory , traveled to Cape Meares , and hiked to the Octopus Tree. My brother-in-law, Blue Sky Falconer, went clamming at Netarts Bay , and boy did we have a feast later.

Have you ever dipped baby clams in hot, melted butter? And for the very first time, my wife was even brave enough to suck down a scrumptious oyster. I reprint his words here with permission:.

Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. It exposed his idolatry and his refusal to acknowledge and give thanks to the God he knows full well exists and Who is the Creator. Then, in the second chapter, we saw Paul above and beyond those pagans.

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And this is the case that the Apostle now sets out in the third chapter—that all of us enter this world under sin. Estranged and alienated from God. Listen to A. Tozer comment on this very thing—.

Summer’s end–a poem celebrating the last days of summer

God formed us for His pleasure, and so formed us that we, as well as He, can, in divine communion, enjoy the sweet and mysterious mingling of kindred personalities. He meant us to see Him and live with Him and draw our life from His smile. We have broken with God. We have ceased to obey Him or love Him, and in guilt and fear have fled as far as possible from His presence…. The whole work of God in redemption is to undo the tragic effects of that foul revolt, and to bring us back again into right and eternal relationship with Himself.

This requires that our sins be disposed of satisfactorily, that a full reconciliation be effected and the way opened for us to return again into conscious communion with God and to live again in the Presence as before [A. Tozer, The Pursuit of God ].

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It is the case against us that says, all are under sin. I am under sin. There is none righteous.

No, not one.