Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Reformation Sunday and All Saints Day

Reformation Sunday: On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses in Germany. It was a spark which began the Protestant Revolution. It is typically celebrated as the last Sunday in October.

Why Halloween? November 1st is All Saints’ Day and most of Luther’s village would be at Mass for that holy day.

I challenge you to get in touch with history this Reformation Sunday. What did Luther write? What are the tenants of your denomination? How did they come into being?

All Saints’ Day: This holy day occurs on November 1st, or the first Sunday after November 1st. (For Orthodox churches, this day is the first Sunday after Pentecost). This is a day to honor martyrs. During the night, people pray and fast. The service celebrates the saints of the Lord, both dead and living.

Who are martyrs that you admire? What did they die for?

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