(Feature) Archdiocese of Cotabato to do away with traditional Halloween practices by holding 'March of Saints'

October 10, 2014 9:57 am 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, Oct. 9 (PNA) — The Archdiocese of Cotabato is doing away with the traditional Halloween practices during "Undas" and instead will be holding a “March of the Saints” which aims to highlight the lives and virtues of Catholic saints.

According to an article posted on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website, Cotabato Auxiliary Bishop Jose Collin Bagaforo said they plan to hold the event before Nov. 1 and 2, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, respectively, when Catholics honor the souls in heaven (Church triumphant) and pray for the souls in purgatory (Church penitent).

The Catholic prelate is hoping that the activity would inspire the lay faithful, especially the youth, to learn from and emulate the examples of the Church’s “super heroes” whose sanctity has earned them the privilege of beatific vision.

The prelate is encouraging participants to dress up as saints and martyrs during Halloween instead of the usual scary costumes.

He noted that the values-oriented program aims to do away with the Western-influenced tradition of scary pranks and bizarre costumes many Filipinos are used to seeing during Halloween and reemphasize the message of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

Bagaforo said that the holding of the March of the Saints is one way for the Cotabato Archdiocese to also celebrate the “Year of the Laity,” which is set to end next month.

The Year of the Laity, with its constant reminder that Christians are “Called to be Saints and Send Forth As Heroes,” will conclude in November.

The prelate is hoping that the other archdioceses/ dioceses in the country will be encouraged to also hold the same activity in their areas. (PNA)

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