For all you know Halloween is just around the corner and instead of the usual diet of scaring each other with ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, maybe it's about time we give honor where it is due - the Saints. I really hope to see this kind of festivity in parishes and churches everywhere. Watch the video below or visit the website of PWHS (Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls) for info.
Dear PWHS Members and Friends:
We are writing you in anticipation of the coming Feast of All Saints and its eve on October 31, which the Church regards as a time for honoring the saints. There is a growing concern among Christians, in general, that the modern celebration of Halloween threatens to take over the proper observance of All Saints. Halloween’s powerful commercial appeal has largely succeeded in trivializing and even glamorizing evil, the occult, and superstitious and pagan practices and beliefs that are incompatible with the Christian faith.
There is an urgent need to reclaim the sacredness of All Saints by creating a counterculture that will serve as a Christ-centered alternative to Halloween for the benefit of present and future generations. PWHS is, therefore, actively promoting THE MARCH OF SAINTS – a tradition that has the potential to draw people’s attention away from glamorized symbols and personifications of evil and direct their focus on the heroic lives of the saints and their victory over evil by the grace of God
Forms of this tradition have already gained a foothold in various countries. On All Saints Day and on the days before and after All Saints, Christian churches and schools in various parts of the world hold festive marches or parades to honor their favorite saints. In the Philippines, some parishes and lay organizations have already started holding their own marches and parades in honor of the saints. Children dressed in costumes, depicting their favorite saint, parade around their parishes and communities to the beat and music of a marching band.
We hope you can help disseminate THE MARCH OF SAINTS, in your parish and other areas of influence, to firmly establish this tradition all over the world. Please visit our website at www.pwhs.ph for more info.
In case you happen to have the March of Saints in your parish or area, please document the event with photos and captions and send to us. We may publish it in our newsletter Fore and Aft.
Thank you and may God bless us all in this endeavor!
Chita G. Monfort
PRAYER WARRIORS OF THE HOLY SOULS (PWHS)
Member, Council of the Laity of the Philippines (LAIKO)
PWHS is an Apostolate of the Monfort Foundation, Inc.
A certified donee institution of the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC)
Visit us at: http://www.pwhs.ph/