The last month has been one of processions for many of us. If you attended one of the ones pictured below or others please do share your impressions in the comments box!
For me it the trilogy of processions started with a Dublin one, the May Procession at St. Joseph's Church, Dublin City, Ireland on 29 May. This was very much a local event with members of the congregation and the groups that use the Church. The weather sadly was not good and so rather than traversing the local roads around the Church the procession led by Our Lady's statue, beautifully garlanded, went to the grotto where prayers were said before returning to the Church.
The next procession was that of Corpus Christi in Cork City on 26 June, one that began more than a hundred years ago. Before the procession we attended midday Mass in the Extraordinary Form in St. Peter and Paul's Church.
The procession of the Blessed Sacrament went from the North Cathedral ending in the centre of the city with Benediction. It was a much larger more formal event than the earlier one with many different groups represented. These included the Armed Forces, local councillors and dignatories, members of different groups and ethnic communities.
This was my first experience of this type of event and I was impressed by the number of people taking part and lining the streets to watch. I believe this is the biggest Corpus Christi procession in Ireland now. I was struck by the wonderful array of colours in the varied costumes of those involved which made for quite a spectacle.
At the conclusion of the March the Bishop of Kerry addressed the crowds thronging in Daunt Square for Benediction.
This procession was the first outing for the new banner I made for the Sodality of Our Lady, but more of banner making in another post!
The final procession of the trilogy was the St. Oliver Plunkett Procession, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland on the 3rd of July. This marked the feast day of St Oliver Plunkett and his relic took pride of place in the procession. Again it was a large and colourful event with representatives of many groups and indeed the the number of people in costume and their vibrancy may have exceeded those in Cork! An amazing array of banners that punctuated the parade which went from Our Lady of Lourdes Church to St Peter's Church where it culminated with Bishop Gerard Clifford saying Mass.
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