Happy All Hallows’ Eve!
On the Eve of All Saints Day Jack-o-lanterns light the way. God’s children need no longer fear the Ghosts and Goblins gathered here. For evil ghouls with icy breath must bow to HIM WHO CONQUERED DEATH! 🎃
The Christian Story of the Soul Cake
Soul cakes are an old English traditional cake with a cross on top that represents each faithfully departed soul released from Purgatory by the prayers offered up by poor children in exchange for treats ( or soul cakes). On the Eve of All Saints Day the Church would ring the bell and all the poor children of the town would go door to door singing the song ” Soul, Soul, Soul Cakes”. The families would offer the poor children the treats in exchange for prayers for the family and poor souls. It was thought by the Church that All Hallows’ Eve celebration had a two fold mission, 1) help the poor children and 2) prayer for the faithfully departed. Trick or Treat comes from the sometimes stingy people who wouldn’t give anything to the children, so they would play little pranks on them.
I have started a tradition in order to help my grandkids understand the Christian roots of Hallowe’en (All Hallows Eve) and how the battle between good and evil is real, but ultimately Christ has conquered death and we should not fear but be vigilant in our faith. Pray for the souls of the faithfully departed that they be brought to Heaven and rest in the peace of Christ. Amen.
Soul Cakes Recipe
1 cup butter, two sticks American
3 3⁄4 cups sifted flour
1 cup fine sugar
1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
4 -6 tablespoons milk