We are getting ready to do Our All Saints and All Souls Celebration at our home-schooling group. Our celebration will happen on All Souls Day after 1st Friday Mass. We will have Our All Saints -- Guess Who contest and lots of games but we will start out with special prayers for the Departed Souls and Litany of the Saints.We got the idea of having the 4 tombstones for our graveyard as a part of our All Saints celebration from Catholic Culture.
Since I moved south, I didn't bring with me the tombstones/graveyard that I had made for our other home school group. So now, I had to make another one since our church doesn't have a graveyard on site.
I was thinking of a complicated method until I went to the Dollar tree today and I found these:
Than I did this:
You will need 4 for the tombstones of Departed Family, Friend, Clergy and Unforgotten Souls.
And a print out of the tombstones labels
(I got the clip art from Sanctus Simplicitus)
I also got the blank white candles at Dollar Tree, so that we can light them as we say a
Requiem aeternam dona ei (eis), Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei (eis). Requiescat (-ant) in pace Amen.
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Did you that a partial indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed.
Once again you need 4 candles and printout of the candle labels
(picture comes from here)
And than I finished :
So now I have our graveyard for $8s and less than 10 minutes to make.
At each tombstone lay red berries and an evergreen branch to symbolize the passion of Christ which wrought eternal life for us.
Have a Blessed Weekend...