Halloween has become a most popular holiday for school kids throughout the United States. It started off as the eve to All Saints Day. Tradition says it’s the last day for the dead to frolic before heading to heaven. Saints were supposed to pray for people to get on up to heaven. People who believe in purgatory emphasize a lot of prayer on the eve to All Saints Day.
October 31 is also the day the Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg in 1517 on All Hallows’ Eve. So some call it Reformation Day.
In recent years, it has become a night to get wile, dress in costumes, and accessorize with occult themes. Some take it to the extreme.
At UC Berkeley there is an alternative way to celebrate. Campus ministries come together and celebrate a worship night of honoring God’s name. They call it “Hallowed By Thy Name.” In 2012, there were over 400 students from 20 different campus ministries. Campus leaders say, “For the past few years, ministries in Berkeley have gathered on Halloween night, as one body to worship and pray. We are setting ourselves apart before the Lord to minister unto Him and to make united intercession for a revival in our city. At the end, we will all go out into Berkeley share the Gospel and show the people the true love of God.”
“This is not a ‘Christianized’ Halloween event. This is a JESUS event. Halloween traces its origins back to the Celtic observance of a pagan holiday called “Samhain” that pays homage to the wandering dead. The modern celebration of Halloween is a night in which the enemy prides himself in.” Worship is led by an ensemble of worship leaders from Berkeley, & prayer will be led by different campus pastors and leaders.
Long live diversity and differences! May the name of the Lord be honored in all things.