In the past I recounted how, outside the hideous Paul VI Audience Hall, during a meeting of the Italian Bishops Conference, an old bishop who had escaped the nonsense within growled something I’ve shared here many times: “Meno chiacchiere… più processioni!… Less chattering … more processions!” He got it right. These popular devotions do us a world of good.
They always have done a world of good, especially in time of disaster, war, famine or disease.
While the Chinese Virus is on, “Kung Flu”, lets get busy with the spiritual weapons at our disposal!
I saw this tweet from Bp. Strickland of Tyler.
I call on every Catholic priest to lead a simple Eucharistic Procession around your Church sometime before the Feast of St Joseph, March 19, for repentance, Christ’s healing hand on the Coronavirus & that all men may be Godly, manly sons & disciples of His Son Jesus Christ.
— Bishop J. Strickland (@Bishopoftyler) March 11, 2020
Then a friend of mine posted, also on Twitter, a video of a priest near Palermo.
un grande sacerdote che non cessa di essere presente con la sua comunità parrocchiale. Grazie Padre Ricotta pic.twitter.com/6UUaUHEgb4
— Attilio Sacco ?? ?? ???? (@AttilioSacco) March 11, 2020
Another video of Fr Ricotta, the priest from Villabate, Italy.
— Bree A Dail (@breeadail) March 11, 2020
PRACTICAL PART OF THE POST
What to do?
In the Roman Ritual – not the dopey Book of
Blessings Happy Thoughts – there are procedures for processions for various needs, such as the averting of storms, to beg for rain, in time of famine, and, which interests us right now,
In time of epidemic and plague.
You use the order of the procession for the Feast of St. Mark.
The procession should begin at the church. The bishop or priest is in violet cope, or at least a surplice and stole, and deacons can be in dalmatics, priests in chasubles, or otherwise surplice. After the initial prayers, the Cross precedes, then the faithful (if any) and the clergy (if any), and the celebrant. The procession can stay inside or go outside. The procession should wind up back in church for the final prayers.
At the last part of the Litany of Saints, the invocation, “From plague, famine, and war. R. Lord, deliver us.” is sung twice. And after “That you grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed,” etc. the following invocation is said twice, “That you deliver us from the scourge of pestilence. R. We beg you to hear us.” And some other prayers follow.
When the Kung Flu abates, there should be a procession in thanksgiving!
How about it?
I’d like to get notes that priests and bishops are having Eucharist processions.