SOON the shops began to take their part. Bunchy white frocks and sober blue suits appeared on chubby models in the windows; shiny patent shoes, dainty white handbags, gloves and handkerchiefs were on show, and one saw everywhere the creamy ceremonial candles and flowery wreaths which are such features of this feast.
In the homes, too. was great activity. Window-frames and doors got an extra coat of paint— gardens were tidied and care taken that for the great day there would he a show of tulips or daffodils. Relations from far and wide were invited, and special cakes baked or bought for the occasion.
On Low (or White) Sunday family processions made their way to the church—father in best black snit and tall hat. mother in new costume, modern hair-style, and a new handbag, with uncles, aunts, cousins and godparents surrounding and accompanying the whiterobbed or blue-suited First Cornmunicant.
The church awaited them with love and festivity. All around flew
the yellow and white Papal flags, looking so fresh against the soft green grass and the young trees rich with blossom.
The choir, acolytes and crossbearer met the children and led them in solemn procession to the church, where wreaths of fir festooned the Consecration candles and where a huge vase of forsythia lighted up the sanctuary.