May 03, 2009

May Day Family Rosary Procession 2009

Today, in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, was the annual May Day Family Rosary Procession. I can hardly think of a better day. The temp was in the 70s, mostly sunny, light breeze. Beautiful day.

I put on my sensible, dorky, walking shoes (my nun shoes) and scored what was probably the last parking spot in the small Cathedral parking lot.

It was still pretty quiet on the Cathedral steps. Only a few people around. You can see a Knight of Columbus in the right hand doorway with his green lined cloak.
I walked from there down to the State Capital. Yes, down; the Capital is at a lower elevation than the Cathedral, a deliberate action of the late Archbishop John Ireland. Many had the same idea of parking on the Hill and walking to the Capital. You can see the people heading for the Capital-including an honor guard and a Knight of Columbus

The Procession started at the State Capital and wound it's way to the Cathedral of St. Paul. Those who are able to, walk the route behind Our Lady. Others, meet us inside the Cathedral. Here's another view of the route we will take back to the Cathedral. This is taken from the Cathedral steps so you get a sense of the distance.

The Faithful gathering at the Capital

A photo of Our Lady relaxing before the procession-some of the usual suspects are nearby.

As the bells at the Cathedral began to toll just before 2:00, the procession begins to line up and head out to "Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above". The route is lined with loudspeakers. You can hear the music and Rosary inside the Cathedral and the Procession is united with the people inside the Cathedral. Our Lady is between the two trees.

This is the procession. I'm at the very back. The front is at the stop light. You can see how wide the crowd is. We recited both the Glorious and Joyful Mysteries between the Capital and the time I sat down inside.

Our Lady reaches the Cathedral steps. I was too far away to see clearly but I believe I saw the Rector of the Cathedral, the Very Reverend Joseph Johnson greeting her. Certainly, I saw Father Johnson still greeting people at the doors as the Procession worked its way inside.

The Cathedral was shy, by only a few rows of pews, from being completely full once the Procession came inside and joined those within the Cathedral. According to the Cathedral website, the Cathedral seats 3,000 people.

I did not take photos inside but many waved white handkerchiefs, white cloths and tissues at Our Lady as she entered last and approached the Altar of Our Lord.

A family crowned Our Lady and the Archbishop blessed her. The statue will be available to visit schools and parishes in the Archdiocese. For more information on the visitation program see Fatima Online or Family Rosary Procession

The Faithful sang "O Sanctissima" and the Archbishop led the recitation of the Litany of Loreto. There was a period of Adoration, then a Gospel reading by Fr. Robert Altier (Luke 1:39-56). The Archbishop gave a brief Homily. The Homily was followed by the "Prayer of the Fatima Angel" and a "Prayer for the Entrustment of the Family" The event closed with Benediction.

It was a fantastic event. It was so encouraging to see so many Catholics, of all ages and backgrounds, gathered in one place and making a public witness to the Faith.

I returned home and found that Sodak (black) and Kaylen (black and white), despite not accompanying Mommy to the Procession, had an exhausting day of their own.


Blogger Argent said...

No MayDay goosetepping for you! *ducks*

I love Catholic processions. How is Fr. Altier doing?

May 04, 2009 6:46 AM  
Anonymous L said...

great photos, Cathy!

May 04, 2009 7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A beautiful day, and a beautiful way to honour Our Blessed Mother -- and your cats are doing what cats do best! (We've got 3 of 'em...) Thanks for sharing the photos with us.

Regards from Canada,
Patricia Gonzalez

May 04, 2009 9:43 AM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Now this is a good walk. I'm surprised you didn't wear heels though. The cats are sweet - love the wicker too.

May 04, 2009 11:01 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

awesome procession!

May 04, 2009 2:07 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Great post and photos, Cathy.

I'm about to write mine on the Basilica's procession. I just discovered a wonderful article about the Pope and the Jews BEFORE and during World War II and spent some time on that, too.

May 04, 2009 6:39 PM  
Blogger Laura The Crazy Mama said...

Ah! That looks like a beautiful way to spend the day!

May 05, 2009 9:28 AM  

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