Yesterday was a special day for the whole Paref Woodrose School community as it was the day that the school celebrated the Eucharistic Procession. The event was timed to coincide with the celebration of Christ the King today.
The eucharistic procession is considered as the most awaited event in school, bigger than Family Day and more important than the Grade School or High School graduation simply because the main celebrant here is the Lord who has made all things possible.
For some of you who does not know, eucharistic procession is a Catholic practice that dates back to the 13th century. Here, the consecrated host is reverently carried in a procession throughout the streets where people await to express their devotion through singing, praying, or simply keeping silent. It was the late Pope John Paul II who revived this tradition and brought the procession outside the Vatican City into the streets of Rome where buidlings and houses within the processional route were decorated as a way of honoring the Eucharistic Christ.
In the case of Paref Woodrose School, it has brought the eucharistic procession to a whole new level by adorning the path where the Lord will pass with beautiful handmade floral carpets lovingly prepared by students, parents, staff, and alumnaes.
Usually it takes the whole school half a day to ready the floral carpets for the following day’s eucharistic procession. Students, parents, staff, and alumnaes come prepared both physically and spiritually for a day of selfless service for the Lord. They are unmindful of the heat and discomfort while working on the floral carpets as there is only one thing in their minds, that is to make the path for the Lord beautiful. The funds used to buy flowers of every imaginable kind come from the generous donations and personal contributions of students, staff, and parents themselves. For them, the time and money spent preparing for this special event are little compared to the abundant and overflowing love and blessings that the Lord continuously shower them.
I have been working in this institution for the past 7 years and I always look forward to this, most especially this year. There’s a lot to be thankful for in my life despite my grief and loss, number one of which is the Lord’s constant presence in my life throughout my ordeal. He has made my path to marriage all rosy and beautiful, and with his grace, he has given me the strength to accept perhaps the most painful thorn of loosing my better half to death last August. Like probably the others, the eucharistic procession serves as a gentle yet concrete reminder to me of God’s unfailing love. Through this eucharistic procession, he made His presence known and felt in the four corners of the school and in the deep crevices of our hearts.
As He walked the path that we laid out for Him, He left his footprints in our hearts and made us realize that He really is the beginning and the end of everything. He made us see clearly why He should be our first and last thought everyday. He who is the Alpha and the Omega. And as He passed by in front of us all we can do is fall to our knees in complete humility, adoration, worship and surrender for He who holds the key to our past, present, and future, has graciously blessed us yet again with His loving presence.