Posted by: Dahni | November 1, 2014

Yesterday

by Dahni

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JackOlanternYesterday was, as you know was, Halloween. But on this date in history was, some other remarkable and extraordinary event that I did not know until, my sister sent me a text on my phone. So, this could have been or perhaps should have been posted yesterday. But, could-have been and should-have been, never did-do-anything for anyone! I’m posting it today.

Now of course, on 10/31 long ago, centuries ago in history, people were not celebrating Halloween. Halloween is –

“Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwiːn, -oʊˈiːn, ˌhɑːl-/; a contraction of “All Hallows’ Evening”), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.”

According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related “guising”), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted house attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although in other locations, these solemn customs are less pronounced in favor of a more commercialized and secularized celebration. Because many Western Christian denominations encourage, although most no longer require, abstinence from meat on All Hallows’ Eve, the tradition of eating certain vegetarian foods for this vigil day developed, including the consumption of apples, colcannon, cider, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.”

source: Wikipedia

But today’s History Lesson, from yesteryear’s yesterday is-

Martin Luther - click to see full image

Martin Luther –
click to see full image

October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed ninety-five theses, which he had composed in Latin, on the door of the church in Wittenberg, according to university custom.

Church, were 95 Theses are presently engraved - click for full size image

Church Door where Luther’s 95 Theses are presently engraved – click for full size image

Luther is credited or as the catalyst for starting the Protestant Reformation. For his stand against his own Roman Catholic Church, he was threatened with excommunication, by the Pope, unless he recanted. Luther refused and was excommunicated. Today, most of us have no idea of how drastic excommunication was at the time. Today, if one Church kicked us out, the one on the corner or perhaps, even right across  the street are happy to have us, especially if we keep putting money into their coffers! But in Luther’s day, excommunication was a big deal! And for what? Of all Luther’s 95 Theses the one that most infuriated the Pope was that salvation was not by works, but by grace. Just remember that if or when you lump Christianity in with all other religions which are all based on works!

 

Reformation Sunday is celebrated by many and it is attributed to Martin Luther. It is typically celebrated on the last Sunday in October. In 2014, that would have been October 26th, 2014. It will not be on a Sunday until the year 2021. This day is more important than Halloween! And it is by “grace” that we can dress up and go trick-or-treating. I will now remember this day, thanks to my sister. On Halloween (whatever day it occurs on) I will remember 10/31/1517. Thank you Martin Luther, for standing for what is right. Hmmm, now I wonder why another man was named Martin Luther?

 

Just I-Magine,

dahnisigblu

 


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