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News from the Mag October 2022

Reverend Matthew Price
Vicar, St Mary Magdalene Church, Gorleston

The nights are drawing in and the temperatures are dropping – autumn has definitely arrived! One of the autumn events that seems to have become bigger and bigger in recent years is Halloween. Indeed, on the Magdalen, the evening usually sees hundreds of people out and about, knocking on one another’s doors with that famous greeting, “Trick or Treat”
But I wonder have you ever stopped and thought about the origins of Halloween? Where did this tradition come from?
Halloween is actually a contraction of the name Christian festival of All Hallow’s Eve which has been marked as the night before All Saint’s Day for centuries. All Hallow’s Eve – or Halloween- was a futile final fling for the powers of darkness before the night gave way to the dawn and the light of All Saint’s Day
So, far from celebrating darkness – or evil – Halloween was all about mocking it, because Christians believe – as we celebrate on All Saint’s Day – that darkness and evil has already been defeated by Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus himself said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”
That’s why on 31st October this year, St Mary Magdalene will be joining in with the Halloween celebrations
If you’re out and about on the Magdalen, why not pass through our twilight maze to the light zone and be reminded that darkness does not have the victory, light does! There will be crafts and activities to join in, and refreshments for both children and adults. Feel free to drop in for as long as you like, between 5pm and 6.30pm

courtesy of the Gorleston Community Magazine


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