Cork Eucharistic Procession 2015
Bishop Buckley welcomed the huge attendance at the Annual Eucharistic Procession in Cork held earlier today and thanked the people for such an impressive turnout.
Corks Eucharistic Procession in now in its 90 year. It commenced in 1926, when a group of Business men in the city approached the then Bishop, Daniel Coholan, with a view to having an 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 Society at the time. Bishop Buckley said that the Eucharistic Procession was a part of the tradition of the city and that Cork was the only city in the country to have such a large and public veneration of the Blessed Sacrament for the Feast of Corpus Christi. He added that the Procession in Cork was a lay initiative from its inception and that it would continue for as long as the people of Cork wanted it.
This years Processsion was, said Bishop Buckley, an opportunity for the people of the city to give public witness to their faith. In that context, many Catholic groups who contribute significantly to the life of the city were invited to participate. These included the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, the various Sick Poor Societies and the post-primary school teenagers of SHARE and other city schools. Various spiritual groups also participated such as the Legion of Mary, the Pioneers and representatives of groups undertaking Catechism Studies throughout the Diocese.
This year, as in previous years, the numbers were greatly enhanced by members of the Asian, African and Eastern European Communities in the City. A particular welcome was afforded by the large crowd in Daunts Square to greet the arrival of the Polish and Indian communities, accompanied by their chaplains. Monsignor Gearoid Dullea, a priest of the Diocese and Secretary to the Irish Episcopal Conference, led the Rosary from the Altar in Daunts Square.
Special places were reserved for the sick and those in wheelchairs adjacent to the altar in Daunts Square. Bishop Buckley imparted a Blessing to the sick and infirm at the Altar. Indeed, many of the sick and infirm present will be travelling to Lourdes on Thursday with the Diocesan Pilgrimage.
This year the homily was delivered by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly of Cashel. Archbishop O’Reilly was formerly Bishop of Killaloe. He is a former Superior of the Society of Missions to Africa (SMA) and is a native of Turners Cross in Cork.
Click here to read Archbishop O’Reilly’s Homily.