Today is October 31. So, it’s Halloween. An annual holiday celebrated in the United States as well as some other countries.
The word “Halloween” literally means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening.” It appears Halloween has its origin in ancient Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots. Later the Catholic Church, as decreed by Pope Gregory III, designated November 1 as a time to honor saints, so October 31 became known as “All Hollow’s Eve.” Continue reading
“I do not find that Sunday is a hallowed day in and of itself. Acts 20:7 and Hebrews 10:25 do not–at least explicitly–say the day is hallowed. Why do so many of us consider the day “the Lord’s day,” or “hallowed?”
This question, from a reader, is the second of a two-part question that I began answering in yesterday’s post. Both were motivated by Monday’s “Word of the Week: Hallowed.” Continue reading
Monday’s column on the “Word of the Week: Hallowed” elicited these questions from one of our readers.
Hello good brother!
Could you comment on a couple of points a bit further?
1) The name of God is hallowed. I would like to hear commentary on his name (Yahweh) versus the word “God” or “Lord.” Or are all of those words hallowed? If all, why? Continue reading
Hallow. It isn’t a word commonly used today. When the model prayer of Jesus is repeated, we say, “Hallowed be Thy name” (Matt. 6:9). More often the word is identified with the last day of October, in which we in the United States refer to Halloween, which means “all Hallow’s Eve.” Continue reading