All Saints Day Is An Honored Tradition
November 1st is celebrated in the Catholic Church as All Saints’ Day.
All Saints’ Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. All Saints’ Day was formally started by Pope Boniface IV, who consecrated the Parthenon at Rome to the Virgin Mary and all the Martyrs on May 13 in 609 AD. Boniface IV also established All Souls’ Day, which follows All Saints. The holy day was eventually established on November 1 by Pope Gregory III in the mid-eighth century as a day dedicated to the saints and their relics. The May 13 celebration was subsequently abandoned.
At Sacred Heart of Jesus School, our third graders intently study about the saints and their lives. Each student chooses a saint to research then ultimately dresses as their chosen saint. At the school Mass just before All Saints’ Day, the third graders process through the church for all to see. During the homily the pastor calls attention to the students by asking who they are representing. Saints like St. Patrick, St. Paul, St. Elizabeth, St. Joseph and St. Nicolas are some of the favorites. The pastor then continues to expound on what it means to be a saint in heaven, and even picks a particular saint to highlight to the children.
This tradition is a cherished one at SHS. A tradition that the students and their families truly look forward to. It is a great way to call attention to those ordinary individuals who lived extraordinary lives for Jesus Christ. The amount of time and preparation the students put into becoming their chosen saint is evident in their finished costumes. They are even able to confidently talk about who their saint was and how their saint lived their life.
Here at Sacred Heart of Jesus School, it’s important to include special days like All Saints’ Day into the curriculum. This is another way we try to live out our mission statement, by embracing and teaching the Catholic faith.