Cork Eucharistic Procession
As you will be aware, the Eucharistic Procession is a significant part of Corks religious heritage. Corks Eucharistic Procession is now in its 91st 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. Three 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, I am delighted to announce that Most Rev. Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, has agreed to preach the Homily. 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.
Bishop of Cork and Ross.
Once again this year it is planned to broadcast the entire Daunts Square Ceremony live on the Cork Community Television Channel 803-Virgin Media and on the Internet on www.corkcity.ie /tv from 2.45pm approx. By kind permission of the Chief Executive, Cork City Council and the Board of Management of Cork Community Television.
We hope this live stream will facilitate the housebound, patients in hospitals and nursing homes and, also, Cork people across the world.
Participants in The Eucharistic Procession start assembling in the grounds of the North Cathedral at 2.30pm. The Procession leaves the North Cathedral at 3.00pm and proceeds down Roman Street, Upper John Street, along Camden Quay, St. Patricks Bridge and St. Patricks Street en-route to Daunts Square.
Meanwhile, the religious ceremony begins in Daunts Square at 2.45pm approx. The Rosary will be recited – Hymns and sacred music will be performed by the Choir of Our Lady Crowned, Upper Mayfield, under the direction of Mr. Michael Joyce. This year, Ms. Jessica OConnell and Mr. Ramelo Gregorio will be our Guest Soloists. As already mentioned, Most Rev. Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, will be our Guest Preacher.
Once again, this year, a special area will be reserved for the sick and disabled near the Altar in Daunts Square. On arrival in Daunts Square, Bishop John Buckley will first bless the disabled, sick and infirm before ascending the Altar.
Please note change of location / time.
To facilitate a smooth and organised joining of participants into the Procession from the Eastern Parishes, e.g. St. Patrick?s and Military Hill, St. Joseph?s and Our Lady Crowned, Mayfield, Glanmire and Glounthaune: We recommend each Parish group to assemble at Mangans Clock, Patricks Street (edge of pavement to the front of Laura Ashleys shop), at 2.45pm sharp. Mr. Sean Dunne, Senior Procession Steward, will then take overall control of the different Parish groups.
As is traditional, the St. Finbarrs South Parish will leave St. Finbarrs South Church at 3.00pm approx. and proceed into the Grand Parade behind The Barrack Street Band.
We respectfully encourage each parish group to bring their own parish banner and, if possible, some spiritual Church banners.
Tony Duggan Gordon Riordan Chief Marshal Event Controller