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SPECIAL LESSON:

ALL SOULS DAY ANCESTOR VENERATION

Give two names of your ancestors and share who they were.

SHARING PART (EXPERIENCES)

Are these pictures familiar to you?

Catholics and Christians Tradition


November 1 (All Saints Day) and November 2 (All Souls Day) are special days for us Filipino Catholics.

These are the days of the year when most of us visit our beloved departed and meet with our relatives in the cemetery. The cemetery is filled with people praying for their dead loved ones.

WHY DO WE CELEBRATE THESE FEASTS?


The Catholic Church believes that EVERYONE
(living people, saints in heaven and our departed)

is a member of the Family of God.

That is why, if we pray for ourselves and for other people on earth, we should also pray for our beloved departed.

ALL SAINTS DAY - We ask the intercession of the saints in heaven so that by their closeness to Christ , we too may grow closer to Him.

ALL SOULS DAY we honor our dead by praying and offering our sacrifices for the forgiveness of sins.

CHINESE TRADITION
Ancestor veneration is a ritual practice that is based on the belief that dead family members are still alive in our hearts and continue to touch our lives today by the goodness they have shared to us when they were still alive.

Being Chinese, it is possible that the remains of their departed are in their temples or for some in their homes.

Offerings are offered to the deceased to sow respect and love.

The Catholic Church celebrates All Saints Day and All Souls Day also by offering prayers and sacrifices (Masses) for all the dead.

IN XAVIER SCHOOL..

Questions to think about:


1. Why do we remember and respect our beloved dead?

2. What are their lasting legacies that we want to continue?

My beloved I want to continue your legacy of

God our Father, Your power brings us to birth, Your providence guides our lives, and by Your command we return to dust. Lord, those who die still live in Your presence, their lives change but do not end. We pray in hope for our family, relatives and friends, and for all the dead known to You alone. In company with Christ, Who died and now lives, may they rejoice in Your kingdom, where all our tears are wiped away. Unite us together again in one family, to sing Your praise forever and ever. AMEN