93rd Cork Eucharistic Procession – Sunday 3rd June 2018

This year’s Eucharistic Procession will be held on Sunday 3rd June 2018.

As you will be aware, the Eucharistic Procession is a significant part of Cork’s religious heritage.  Cork’s Eucharistic Procession is now in its 93rd year.  It commenced in 1926 when a group of businessmen in the city approached the then Bishop, Daniel Coholan, with a view to having a Eucharistic Procession in the city to mark the Feast of Corpus Christi.  It was hoped that such an event might heal the division and bitterness in civil society at the time.  Remarkably, since then, the Procession has not just survived but has become a feature of Catholic life in Cork.

Our faith is not something that we celebrate behind closed doors, it is something that is meant to affect our daily lives.  Five years ago, while speaking at the Procession, Archbishop Brown said that we worship Jesus in our churches for fifty one Sundays of the year.  On the Feast of Corpus Christi, we worship Him publicly in the streets. We should seek opportunities to celebrate our faith in public and give witness to the faith that has been given to us.  The Eucharistic Procession is an ideal way of doing that.

This year we welcome Most Reverend Denis Brennan, Bishop of Ferns, who will preach at the procession.

An invitation has been offered to the various Catholic groups to walk in the Procession.  These include the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Sick Poor Societies, SHARE, the Legion of Mary, the Pioneers and others.  It is appropriate that the Procession gives honour to the Blessed Sacrament and includes all Catholic groups and parishes.

+John Buckley,
Bishop of Cork and Ross.

Once again this year – it is planned to broadcast the entire Daunt’s Square Ceremony live on the Internet on www.corkcity.ie/tv from 3.45pm approx – by kind permission of the Chief Executive, Cork City Council.

We hope this live stream will facilitate the housebound, patients in hospitals and nursing homes and, also, Cork people across the world.

Due to the Annual Cork City Marathon – The 2018 Procession will commence 1 hour later than normal

Participants in The Eucharistic Procession start assembling in the grounds of the North Cathedral at 3.30pm. The Procession leaves the North Cathedral at 4.00pm and proceeds down Roman Street, Upper John Street, along Camden Quay, St. Patrick’s Bridge and St. Patrick’s Street en-route to Daunt’s Square.

Meanwhile, the religious ceremony begins in Daunt’s Square at 3.45pm approx. The Rosary will be recited by our Master of Ceremonies, Rev. Fr. Ben Hodnett, C.C., Frankfield/Grange. Hymns and sacred music will be performed by the Choir of the Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield, under the direction of Mr. Seán O’Neill. This year, Ms. Jessica O’Connell will be our Guest Soloist.

Once again, this year, a special area will be reserved for the sick and disabled near the Altar in Daunt’s Square. On arrival in Daunt’s Square, Bishop John Buckley will first bless the disabled, sick and infirm before ascending the Altar.

Note change for 2018 Procession

  • Due to the annual Cork City Marathon, we recommend that participants from the Eastern Parishes, e.g. St. Patrick’s and Military Hill, St. Joseph’s and Our Lady Crowned, Mayfield, Glanmire and Glounthaune: either assemble at the North Cathedral at 3.30p.m. or assemble in Daunt’s Square.
  • We respectfully encourage each parish group to bring their own parish banner and, if possible, some spiritual Church banners.

Tony Duggan
Chief Marshal