Monday, 5 November 2007

All Saints Day/All Hallows/All Souls Day

I bet that if you attended a Seventh-day Adventist Church last weekend you wouldn’t have heard much about this day in the Christian Calandar. This isn’t just to do with adventist aversion to a liturgical form, but more to the belief in “Soul Sleep”. However, does this mean we throw the baby out with the bathwater?

After all, isn’t it worthwhile spending time remembering the lives of those who have are no longer with us? A time to collectively say thank you for all they gave us, a time to reflect on grief, on bereavement and on death?

You can change the name, you can reject the theology behind the traditional Calandar, but that doesn’t mean we can’t address the subject, does it?


Maggie said...

Dear Andrew, do we need a special day to remember the dead? I don't think we do. We remember the dead of wars soon on the 11th of the 11th and we remember our family members usually on their birthdays, even those gone long ago. We can say 'thank you' to those whose medical contributions etc. have helped us when we get to heaven or thank God for them as many of us do. I don't think a special day is needed.

Andrew said...

You might be right, I just think that in our society today we often hide from death and its consequences, so I thought a time when we focoused on it might be healthy. It might take away the fear and let people know that it is ok to grieve- but perhaps we've moved on to a point where we do that as individuals (at anytime like you mention) rather than as a society.