Saturday, 9 January 2010

Making the News (Part 4)

In this Part, I'm going to take a look at coverage of other religious events in Ireland by Pathé newsreels.

Corpus Christi Processions

The Corpus Christi Procession was a feature of Catholic life not only in Ireland but throughout the Church since the establishment of the feast in the 13th Cent. However, Ireland took a particular pride in honouring Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, for example, in Galway in 1924, in Artane in 1924 and 1925, the Irish Defence Forces in the Curragh Camp in 1925, Navan in 1930, in Bandon in 1941,

May Processions

As with Corpus Christi Processions, usually in June, the Irish made great efforts to honour Our Lady in her month of May. Good examples are found at Inchicore in 1921, then at Mount Argus in 1922 and 1923. However, Inchicore returned to pride of place again in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1931.

Other Events

Pathé also covered the procession of the Franciscan Third Order in Killarney in 1921 and, in 1926, the celebrations marking the centenary of the arrival of the Dominicans in Waterford. In 1926, Sodalities are shown processing into St. Andrew's Church, Westland Row, Dublin. The Mullingar Confraternity processes in 1927.

The Patrician Year

In 1961, Ireland celebrated the 1,500th anniversary of the death of St. Patrick. Pathé newsreels cover the celebrations in Dublin and Armagh. I would also include the coverage of St. Patrick's Day for 1950.


Anonymous said...

Fantasic views of Catholic life. This may be "traditional" Catholic life but it is not restricted to "traditionalists". Every Parish should have its May Queen and Corpus Christi Processions even if it doesn't intend to have the fullness of the Roman Rite in both Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms. I think there is no reason not to have Rogation Processions too.

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Anonymous said...

A pity bishop McNamee isn't featured. His Cathedral in Longford was a centre of good liturgy and is now sadly destroyed. A feature on him would be well worth doing.

Shandon Belle said...

The Cork City Corpus Christi Procession still takes place through the streets of the City accompanied by the Army and the people of Cork each year led by Bishop Buckley and the City Council.

Anonymous said...

My Parish used to have a corpus cristi procession every year just around the church grounds and back in. I dont know why they ever stopped it. It was beautiful. Great site. I like it lots.

Jim'll Fix It! said...

I remember the Patrician Year well. The whole country was involved in preparing for the Year. I remember that there were special Confraternity nights in Clara Co. Offaly to honour the Patrician Year. If this isn't done for the new Eucharistic Congress I doubt that it will have any impact.