The annual visit to the Scots College Tomb took place on the 1st November, the Feast of All Saints. The community was encouraged to “pray for those who didn’t make it home”.
As the Holy Father also visits the Vatican Tomb on the first day of the month the Scots College trip left the Via Cassia at 8.30am and upon arrival at the resting place of several former students and staff of the college, Fr. Dan Fitzpatrick, the current Rector, led the community in Morning Prayer.
The early start meant it was peaceful, with the crisp autumnal Roman air, punctuated by the odd siren from an ambulance, heading for the nearby hospital, and the singing of the opening hymn and the assembled College community, reciting Lauds.
At the conclusion, a prayer and blessing was said over the tomb, with a floral tribute left on behalf of the current college community. Finally, a decade of the Rosary was recited and, before returning to the college, a chance for all those present to spend a few moments in private prayer for those whose memory is remembered especially this month.