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Community to celebrate the real meaning of Halloween

While thousands of small ghosts and goblins, skeletons, witches and wizards, celebrate Halloween this evening with well-recognised trick or treat routine, some children in the UK will take part in a much older celebration of All Hallows' Eve, as today was originally called.

The Cor-Lumen Christi community in southern England has organised its 'Night of Light', which includes treats for children such as lighting a special candle, sweets and toys, bonfires and dressing up as saints. Members will place candles in their windows and wear white as a symbol of their allegiance to Christ.

A special vigil Mass at the local Church will be followed by all night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Launched during the Jubilee year, the Night of Light is now celebrated by hundreds of churches and parish groups in more than 12 countries around the world and has been endorsed by many dioceses clergy and religious.

Bishop Ambrose Griffiths of Hexham and Newcastle told Independent Catholic News: "Halloween is the time to rejoice in God's glory displayed in his saints but we have allowed it to become focused upon witches and devils. I welcome this initiative to recapture it for Christ."

Community to celebrate the real meaning of Halloween (Independent Catholic News)

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31 Oct 2003