For Saints Only

November 1 or All Saints Day has always been celebrated by having Halloween parties and visiting the dead. Yet, although it is called All Saints Day many seem to have forgotten to commemorate the saints.

As declared by Pope Gregory III this day should be solely for the saints. However, it has turned into a day of parties, costumes, jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating for kids and adults. The spookier, the scarier, the merrier… This has been the theme of costume parties.

In 2019, St. Bridget College started the Parade of Saints to honor the saints and to start a new way of celebrating All Saints Day. Students dressed up as their favorite saint and went to parade from the Immaculate Conception of Basilica to the city and back. Last year, the March of Saints went virtual due to pandemic.

This year, SBC will have the online march of saints on November 3, 2021, with the theme SANCTUS: A Virtual Walk with the Saints. They will be featuring six saints namely St. Mary Euphrasia, St. Pedro Calungsod, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Joseph, St. Francis of Assissi and Blessed Carlo Acutis. Fr. Cyrus Gonzales, OSJ and an alumnus will dress up as St. Joseph together with students from the elementary, junior high school , senior high school and college students who will also try to dress up the mentioned saints.

The lives of the saints including their prayer life, and a reflection on their lives will be the highlights in Sanctus.

According to the organizers, aside from reclaiming the sacredness of All Saints Day, the march of saints is a reminder of our destiny as Christians, to be holy and to be saints.

May this tradition continues and spread so that November 1 will really be for Saints only.

Emilia Vitalyanna Dalangin