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Catholic Activity: Procession for the Feast of All Saints

Celebrating all its patrons this day, the family plans a procession to the dinner table which will show them off splendidly. If there have been saint costumes from All Hallows' Eve, nothing could be better than to wear them again in procession on All Saint's Day.

DIRECTIONS

First everyone assembles for the procession. Each child is dressed as their chosen saint. It is suggested that each one carry a lighted candle—their baptismal if it is available. This to remind us that we and the saints together have life in Christ. In the Mystical Body we are all one. They are in Heaven; we are on earth; the holy souls are in Purgatory. One Church extending into eternity.

If you have enough room and time for a long procession, it is nice to sing the Litany of the Saints. If this isn't practicable, save it for night prayers.

For those who are embarrassed (fathers included) to participate, don't use force. Try to think of some unobtrusive way to recall the triumphs of their saints. Often just to tell their stories at dinner is enough.

The procession ends with a special dinner.

Activity Source: Year and Our Children, The by Mary Reed Newland, P.J. Kenedy & Sons, New York, 1956

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