I couldn’t put it much better than commenter KAS did:
“In many cases, these dilemmas could be solved if evangelicals understood the ecclesial significance of such holidays (holy days) and celebrated them accordingly. Halloween means something entirely different when observed in tandem with All Saints Day (which, in turn, is richer alongside All Souls Day).
The evangelical problem is that such the culture has de-linked such holidays from the liturgical calendar and there is, for them as well, no liturgical tradition to fall back on. To cite another example, my evangelical friends act for all intents and purposes as if Christmas begins and ends on December 25th. Those in liturgical traditions anticipate the arrival of Christmas during Advent and treat it as a 12-day festival concluding on Epiphany — and with other mini-feasts embedded in the calendar.
It is somewhat amusing to me, then, that evangelicals often decry secularization.”
There are big banners hanging over the streets of our local business district, announcing a Spooktacular celebration on Halloween. I wonder whether the local Evangelicalsthere are three congregations…
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