Tuesday, 11 June 2013


For the Solemnity of Corpus Christi our Holy Father, Pope Francis asked us to unite with him in adoration od the Lord present in the Bblessed Sacrament.  Within our parish we decided to make of it an afternoon of Adoration, prayer and reflection.  The intention for our prayer was the Sanctification of the Clergy and Vocations to the preisthood and Religious Life.   

The day of prayer begin at 2:00pm with simple expostion of the Blessed Sacrament.  Fr. Francis then renewed the promises that he made on the day of his ordnation.

On the first Sunday of the month we usually have devotions in honour of the Divine Mercy.  So at 3:00pm we recited the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Litany of Mercy.  This was followed by a reflection on the Sacrmaent of Reconcialition given by one of the yooung people in the parish.  After the reflection there was a opportunity to celebrate the Lord's Divine Mercy by going to Confession.

At 4:00pm we recited the Litany of the Blessed Sacrament.  This was followed by a reflection on the Mass given by one of our young people.

At 5:00pm we prayed Vespers from the Divine Office remembering especially all priests throughout the world and praying for vocations to the priethood and religious life.  We remembered especially those from our own diocesan vocations group.

Our afternoon concluded with a procession.  The Blessed Sacrament was carried in Procession to the Galipoli Gardens, just a short distance from St Marie's.  Here we offered prayer for Drummer Lee Rigby and all who have lost theeir lives in warfare and violence.  Once we returned to the church there was an poortunity to venerate the relic of St John Vianney, patron saint of priests.

It was a truly wonderful afternoon.  My thanks go to those who worked so hard to help make it so.  One lady commented 'I have been in this parish since 1953 and I have never been to any thing so wonderful.'

Here are some photos taken from the celebration.  Unfortunately they do not quite come in chronological order.  I have not sussed how to layout photos properly on the blog.
Statue and Relic of St John Vianney

Adoration, Prayers and Benediction in the Galipoli Gardens
The Procession wends its way
through the Gardens

Benediction was also given at the War Memorial
as we remembered Drummer Lee Rigby

The faithful assist at the devotions

Veneration of the Relic of St John Vianney

The faithful at prayer

Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament leads the way

Veneration of the Relic
The procession is formed in church

The faithful gather in Adoration

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