Seton School students mark feast with glory, praise and honor

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"An army of youth, flying the standard of truth/We're fighting for Christ the Lord."

With the opening lyrics of "For Christ the King," students of Seton School in Manassas continued a 20-year tradition of celebrating the feast of Christ the King on the final day of Spirit Week.

Father Mark E. Moretti, parochial vicar of St. John the Evangelist Church in Warrenton, celebrated the votive Mass with 12 senior boys as altar servers. Father Moretti's homily reminded the students that they

should honor Christ the King in every aspect of their lives.

Near the altar, a 5-foot tall wooden statue of Christ the King was displayed. The statue had been retrieved by a Seton family from a rubbish pile at a church in North Carolina that was undergoing renovations. Newly refurbished, the statue will serve as a visible reminder of the kingship of Our Lord.

After Mass, students and faculty processed around the block behind Father Moretti who carried a monstrance containing the Eucharist under a canopy.

That evening, Father Moretti joined students at the traditional Enthronement Dance. At the end of the

dance, student council President Rose Remington led one last singing of "For Christ the King."

For Seton Director Anne Carroll, the annual celebration of Christ the King is a highlight of the school year. "A primary purpose of Catholic education is to prepare the students to bring Christ into our society," Carroll said. "By our public procession, the students make a concrete witness to Jesus Christ, thus preparing them to be participants in the new evangelization."

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015