“Can We Do That Again?”

To begin Monday’s session, we did an All Saints Day procession. I talked a little bit about what a procession is, comparing it to a parade and how parades usually celebrate victory and the hoisting of a trophy – such as the Stanley Cup here in Chicago! 🙂 We talked about how the Cross of Jesus is a symbol of victory: God’s victory over sin and death.

I had my aide, Daneen, lead the procession, holding a crucifix, and had all of the children carry the symbols they have brought in for our prayer table. 3 kids who did not have personal symbols to carry instead carried the holy water, Bible, and candle. They lined up on one side of the room and I taught them how to respond “pray for us” in a sung litany. We made the Sign of the Cross and then I began intoning the saints’ names to which they responded “pray for us” as they slowly walked around the room. As they came to the prayer table, Daneen took each of the symbols and prayerfully arranged them as the children went to their seats. I wrapped up the Litany of Saints when they were all in place and we made the Sign of the Cross.

I said, “There you go, you just did a procession and a Litany of Saints…be sure to tell your parents!” One of the girls raised her hand and asked, “Can we do that again?” Kids love ritual, don’t they? I told her we’d do another procession in a couple of weeks when we start Advent and set up our Advent wreath. In all, this took about 5 minutes and was a lovely experience of bringing liturgy and catechesis together.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

2 Comments on “Can We Do That Again?”

  1. Kids do love ritual! We were able to sing the Litany of Saints at our gathering prayer and it was just beautiful! The children were humming and singing the Litany all the way back to class! Thanks Joe for all the wonderful ideas you send our way!
    Blessings,
    Lillian
    St. Mary of the Assumption
    Whittier, CA

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