Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Summer Processions at Assumption Grotto

If you are new to this blog and happen to live in the area, you might want to know about our summer Eucharistic processions.

Each Sunday throughout the year, along with other special feast days and solemnities, we will be graced with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by benediction. In bad weather, and during colder months, this is done indoors immediately following the noon Mass. However, spring to fall, at the conclusion of the noon Mass, a brief Eucharistic procession takes place from the Church to the grotto.

I recall all too well my reaction when I first encountered it: Procession? Where? What is going on!?!

If you were born around Vatican II or later, you may never have been exposed to this awesome opportunity. It got shelved along with Mary and silent reverence in Church. Now, a new generation, joined with members of the older generation (you know, the ones who are supposedly just "nostalgic"), and every age in bewteen, keep the tradition alive.

Here are more photos from this past Sunday's procession and benediction.

If you come this coming Sunday, the 29th, you can follow the crowd over to the gym for something to eat (we have socials weekly), and a Day of Recollection which runs until 5:00.
More photos taken on Sunday, July 22, 2007: