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The REAL Meaning of Halloween

by Ian on November 2, 2010

Hint: It isn't the candy.

In Jewish and Catholic tradition feast days start on the evening before the day on the calendar. That's why vespers for feasts are on the evening before and why Saturday evening Mass counts for Sunday. The name "Halloween" is a shortening of "All Hallows Eve," the beginning of the celebration of the Feast of All Saints.

Une âme au ciel by William Bouguereau

About this beautiful painting:

The original 'A Soul Brought to Heaven' was painted by Bouguereau in 1878. Between 1875 and 1877, Bouguereau mourned the loss of his sixteen year old son Georges, his wife Nelly, and eight month old son William-Maurice. Thus, 'A Soul Brought to Heaven' was not conceived as a tribute to a specific family member, but it was painted while the artist was still in mourning.

Pick your size and order a copy of A Soul Brought to Heaven.

Learn More About November

Since November is the month of the Holy Souls. Why not learn some more about the Four Last Things or even just about Purgatory?

You can also browse our entire selection of items for All Saints and All Souls.

Le Jour des Morts Fine Art Print by Bouguereau

Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory

Lord God Almighty, I beseech Thee, by the Precious Blood which Thy Divine Son Jesus shed in the garden, deliver the souls in purgatory, and amongst them all, especially that soul which is most destitute of aid; and bring it to Thy glory, there to praise and bless Thee for ever. Amen.

Taken from Daily Prayers for the Church Suffering

Please Remember:

Marc Berquist, husband of Laura Berquist, who has been sick for several months, passed away this morning.

Laura is the founder of Mother of Divine Grace homeschool academy.

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