Recently the Canons at St. John Cantius in Chicago had a great celebration for their feast of St. John Cantius on 20 October. They offered a Latin Holy Hour, a Solemn High Mass (1962 Missale Romanum) and Solemn Vespers (1962 Breviarium Romanum).
There was a procession.
Don’t you love it when things are just… well… right? That’s a great advantage for those groups which have many vocations and they are really dedicated to liturgical excellence.
Years ago I was standing outside the Paul VI audience hall in the Vatican waiting for my bishop to emerge from a meeting of the Italian Bishops conference. I was chatting with a small group, including a couple bishops who couldn’t stand it any more inside. I described the marvelous procession we had had a few days before for Corpus Christi in which the Swiss Guard had carried the canopy and many hundreds of people participated. One old bishops said that we need "less yaking and more processions".
Closer to my native place, a priest friend now pastor of St. Nicholas in New Market, MN, Fr. Daniel Haugen, had a procession for the anniversary of their perpetual adoration chapel.
Here are a couple pics sent by a reader.
Processions don’t have to be terribly grand. They can also be simple, so long as they are the best you can do. This is why I am happy to post photos that are not just dazzling liturgical eye-candy. It is great to give lots of attention to the grand and spectacular, but we need the early brick by brick views as well.
You can do it to.
Also, here are a couple more view of the procession for the Forty Hours Prayer in which I participated at Mater Ecclesiae in Berlin, NJ.
Less chatter. More processions.