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October 30

Elementary: 

We begin our prayers today in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Good morning SCHOOL NAME!

As you all know, tomorrow is Halloween. Halloween means "All Hallows' Eve," an old-fashioned way of saying, "The Eve of All Saints' Day."  The evening of October 31st begins our two-day remembrance of our ancestors and heroes of our faith.

Many Halloween customs were inherited from pre-Christian times, when people felt both respect for their ancestors and fear of death during the coming winter months ahead.

After the harvest was collected and the days became short and dark, people made bonfires to welcome the spirits of the dead.  The lights in jack-o-lanterns are the remains of this custom.  The eerie faces carved in them are meant to scare away unfriendly spirits.  Food offerings were left for the spirits, just as we give sweets to our visiting trick-or-treators!

As Christians, we know that those who have died share now in the resurrection of Christ.  We use these next few days to remember our departed saints and to retell their stories. 

Although, Halloween will be a little different this year during COVID-19, we give thanks for the opportunity to dress up in our Halloween customs, and the chance to get involved in some fun activities as we celebrate our joy of being part of God's holy people

And so we pray………….

God bless all the people whom we will meet.
Let our visit with them be a pleasant treat.
Whatever the costumes we wear tonight,
may all your children be clothed with Christ.
Protect us from danger and the devil's ways,
that tomorrow with the saints - we may give you praise.     

SCHOOL NAME---- as we wrap up the month of October, where we give special honor to our Mother Mary, please join me in the Hail Mary: 

Hail Mary

Full of grace,

The Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women

and Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God,

Pray for us sinners now

and at the hour of our death. Amen.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen



High School: 

We begin our prayers today in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Good morning SCHOOL NAME!

As you know, tomorrow is Halloween. Halloween means "All Hallows' Eve," an old-fashioned way of saying, "The Eve of All Saints' Day."  The evening of October 31st begins our two-day remembrance of our ancestors and heroes of our faith.

Many Halloween customs were inherited from pre-Christian times, when people felt both respect for their ancestors and fear of death during the coming winter months ahead.

After the harvest was collected and the days became short and dark, people made bonfires to welcome the spirits of the dead.  The lights in jack-o-lanterns are the remains of this custom.  The eerie faces carved in them are meant to scare away unfriendly spirits.  Food offerings were left for the spirits, just as we give sweets to our visiting trick-or-treators!

As Christians, we know that those who have died share now in the resurrection of Christ.  We use these next few days to remember our departed saints and to retell their stories. 

Although, Halloween will be a little different this year during COVID-19, we give thanks for the opportunity to dress up in our Halloween customs, and the chance to get involved in some fun activities as we celebrate our joy of being part of God's holy people.

And so we pray………….

God bless all the people whom we will meet.
Let our visit with them be a pleasant treat.
Whatever the costumes we wear tonight,
may all your children be clothed with Christ.
Protect us from danger and the devil's ways,
that tomorrow with the saints - we may give you praise.     

SCHOOL NAME---- as we wrap up the month of October, where we give special honor to our Mother Mary, please join me in the Hail Mary:

Hail Mary

Full of grace,

The Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women

and Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God,

Pray for us sinners now

and at the hour of our death. Amen.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen