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British bishops suggest Eucharistic adoration, saint costumes on Halloween

Catholic World News - October 13, 2010

The bishops of England and Wales are urging Catholics to witness to their faith on Halloween.

“Halloween is now the biggest commercial festival after Christmas and Easter, and it is time we reminded Christians of what it really is,” said Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton, chairman of the bishops’ department for evangelisation and catechesis. “The celebration of feast days is an important part of our Catholic culture. On the evening of 31 October why not do something to make your faith respectfully seen and heard? Light a candle or display publicly another kind of light, for example, perhaps alongside an image of Christ. This could be a powerful way in which we can show people that we have hope in someone other than ourselves.”

Suggested practices include attending the vigil Mass of All Saints, spending the night in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, placing a light in one’s window, and having children dress up as saints.

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Oct. 13, 2010 7:56 AM ET USA

    I would especially recommend the saints who were martyred by pagans during the Saxon conquest and the Viking conquest, and don't forget the designated martyred targets of kings: St Thomas Becket, St Thomas More. It's a reminder that the price of faith as a well as freedom is paid with blood.

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