That’s how my friend Father Michael Duffy from the Diocese of Rockville Centre described this extraordinary event: a Eucharistic procession through the streets of New York City earlier this month. It was held on October 12, the evening before the 104th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s Miracle of the Sun.
It’s certainly not something you see every day in New York. Attention must be paid.
As Father Duffy wrote on social media:
Yesterday evening was among the most powerful of my priesthood. We brought Jesus to the streets of NYC. People were fascinated, and many drawn to join us. The Lord was present to His people and in His people. It was a remarkable evening. Many hearts were touched. Mine included.
Accompanying him in the photo above is another familiar face, my friend Father Sean Suckiel, from the Diocese of Brooklyn, along with a contingent of women from the Sisters of Life and a number of others.
Read more about it here.
We started at the Shrine and Parish Church of the Holy Innocents, a few blocks south of Times Square. Auxiliary Bishop Edmund Whalen of New York consecrated the host during the preceding Mass. It was then placed in a golden monstrance—a sunburst-like vessel with a transparent center—in preparation for the procession. It was a beacon of hope in a dispiriting time.
We cut a strange sight filing out of the parish and into the street. Three priests and a deacon led, followed by 18 nuns, then the rest of the faithful. Father Michael Duffy lifted up the monstrance, while the deacon rang a bell. The rest of us sang hymns and prayed the rosary as we headed toward Broadway and turned north.
Check out more in the video below.