By Deacon Kyle Eller
The Northern Cross
Led by Bishop Daniel Felton, a diocesan Eucharistic Procession through the eastern half of Duluth June 19, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus, kicked off what the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have called a “Eucharistic Revival” in the Duluth Diocese.
|Priests serving the Duluth Diocese accompany the Blessed Sacrament in a Eucharistic Procession near the Cathedral. Click here for more photos. (Photo by Deacon Kyle Eller / The Northern Cross)|
It was a chance to show devotion to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and bear witness to that faith in the community, as the group, with the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance covered by a canopy, went from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary to St. Mary Star of the Sea downtown, accompanied by clergy, servers, and a crowd of the faithful from across the diocese.
At the Cathedral, where Eucharistic Adoration extended from the end of the 10:30 a.m. Mass until the procession started at 3 p.m., Bishop Felton addressed the crowd, noting that already that day with the celebration of Mass the faithful had “embraced and embodied” the abiding, everlasting presence of Jesus in the sacrament and said that they would now “seek to express and to share that presence of Jesus with others in the Eucharist” in the community as they walked the route, which went down Fourth Street to 21st Avenue East before completing the journey along Third Street.
The bishop described the three-year plan for the Eucharistic Revival to “re-present” the Eucharist to the faithful and “put on center stage again” that teaching of the real presence.
|The June 19 Eucharistic Procession gets under way down Fourth Street in Duluth. Click here for more photos. (Photo by Deacon Kyle Eller / The Northern Cross)|
“This is not just a feast day, this is the day of all days,” he said. “This is the day when we begin a sacred journey. This is the day when we recommit ourselves once again to the deepest belief that we have as Catholics, and that is the real presence that we find in the Holy Eucharist, and the real presence that always abides in Jesus Christ, as we worship him and as we give him glory in the Blessed Sacrament.”
The weather was nearly perfect — cool and sunny — and those participating ranged in age from children to senior citizens. As the procession concluded at St. Mary Star of the Sea about an hour and a half after it began, the bishop led a Litany of the Eucharist before offering Benediction and reposing the Blessed Sacrament in the parish’s adoration chapel, Holy Innocents.