These were the very death-words of Polycarp, Bernard, Luther, Melanchthon, Jerome of Prague, John Huss and an almost endless list of saints—”Into Your hands I commend my spirit.”
Little is done to commemorate their lives these days. The poverty of today’s American Christian world shows itself in widespread amnesia. The Church had, and does have, a day to remember the faithful saints of old—All Saints’ Day, All Hallows’ Day.
“All Hallows’ Eve falls on 31st October each year, and is the day before All Hallows’ Day, also known as All Saints’ Day in the Christian calendar. The Church traditionally held a vigil on All Hallows’ Eve when worshippers would prepare themselves with prayers and fasting prior to the feast day itself.”
When is the last time (if ever) that we had such a feast day?
But in our American world, children will dress up and imitate super heroes and other assorted characters from our fake world of television and movies.