This is me, Eccles

This is me, Eccles
This is me, Eccles

Wednesday 31 October 2012

Hallowe'en Mass

Now that Hallowe'en - which has absolutely nothing to do with All Hallows Eve - has become a major secular celebration at this time of year, the church of St Daryl the Apostate has decided to join in by celebrating Mass with a special Hallowe'en liturgy.

Priest and pumpkin

Vestments for the Mass include a pumpkin mask for Fr Arthur.

The Service begins with the Paul Inwood hymn Trick or Treat Ch-Ch? (loosely based on the Gregorian chant Fallere aut Remunerare?) After this, prayers will be offered to St Jack O' Lantern, an Irish Saint who was often "Lit up."

Saint Jack

St Jack O' Lantern, pray for us.

The readings for the day are expected to include the passage from 1 Samuel 28, where King Saul is turned into a frog by the Witch of Endor. The text on which Fr Arthur preaches tonight is Revelation 21, where it is claimed that sorcerers will end up in a pool burning with fire and brimstone; he will explain that this is purely a metaphor for people scowling at them ("Hate Crime") as they practice their sincerely-held beliefs.

Witches in church

We welcome witches. Note the modernist broomsticks!

After the service, there will be "eye of newt and toe of frog" soup and bread rolls available in the Church Hall. Do come along!

Making soup

Making the soup.


  1. Darling eccles, good job you didn't show the ducking of the Poddy. Xx Jess

  2. dere Eccles, I luv the photos of the festivities, but couldn't quite tell if Favver Arthur was wearing a minaret on his pumpkin like the bishopesses were. Does Favver Arthur has aspirations, and does he use St Jack O'Daniels for them?

    1. I fink Farver Arfur aint a grate fan of traditoinal dress, but he makes an exceptoin for grate festivals like Hallowene.