On November 18, the Pious Schools celebrate all the saints of the Order. The same celebration remembers the concession of solemn vows that constitutes the last Religious Order approved by the Church (1621), and all those who have been witnesses of life and holiness from the Calasanctian charism.
The texts for the celebration. Missal and Lectionary
The texts for the celebration underline the meaning of the intercession and accompaniment of the saints and blessed in the life and mission of the Order.
The prayers of the Eucharist, besides recalling “the outstanding gift of holiness with which God has blessed the Pious Schools”, invite us to let ourselves be guided by the example of the Piarist saints (opening prayer), to “seek in everything the glory of God and the usefulness of our neighbors” (offertory) and to “work tirelessly for the integral education” of the students (postcommunion), projecting in the whole Order the traits of the holiness of the Founder.
The readings of the Mass also underline the traits of Calasanctian holiness: praising the Fear of the Lord (Sir 1), the invitation to joy in self-giving (Phil 4) and the blessing that reveals to the little ones the secrets of the Kingdom (Mt 11). In this way, they highlight how the Pious Schools offer a path of holiness (preface) guided by the virtues of trust, joy and gratitude that sustained the life of the saint of Peralta, in an echo of the conclusion of the letters of his epistolary: “May the Lord bless us all”.