Wednesday, October 31, 2012

No Halloween?

No, I am not talking about Hurricane Sandy!—although I do live in the northeast and the trick-or-treating has been delayed in my unaffected town for two days.

I meant that there is no Halloween, the real Halloween: All Hallow's Eve, the Vigil of All Saints' Day.

One of the inexplicably odd things about both the 1962 Roman calendar and the calendar for the Mass of Paul VI is the wearisome attitude towards glorifying any feast other than Easter, Christmas, and Pentecost. No Octaves, few—if any—vigils, no eighth day commemorations. When Pius XII purged the calendar in 1955/6, the Vigil of All Saints' met the ax.

Bring it back!

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