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Over 1,000 attend Washington, D.C. Eucharistic procession despite rain

Over 1,000 attend Washington, D.C. Eucharistic procession despite rain

More than 1,000 Catholics attend the Eucharistic Procession in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph / Tyler Arnold

 

By Tyler Arnold

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, May 19, 2024 / 07:30 am (CNA).

A crowd of more than 1,000 Catholics processed with the Eucharist through the streets of downtown Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph on Saturday morning in spite of scattered rainfall throughout the event.

The Catholic Information Center’s (CIC) second annual Eucharistic procession — which took place just blocks from the White House — drew participation from priests, nuns and lay people from the area. The May 18 procession was nearly twice the size of last year’s procession on May 20.

 

More than 1,000 Catholics attend Eucharistic Procession in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph. Tyler Arnold

More than 1,000 Catholics attend Eucharistic Procession in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph. Tyler Arnold

 

“People have shown their love for the Eucharist [by] showing up in this rainy weather,” Father Charles Trullols, the director of CIC, told CNA after the procession.

Trullols said he “wasn’t certain” whether the weather would reduce attendance, but surpassing last year’s turnout was “even more incredible because of the rain.” He added that bystanders who saw the procession appeared “so impressed” with the “beauty of the procession” and “the reverence of everyone praying.”

“[This procession] impacted so many souls,” Trullols added.

The event began with Mass inside CIC’s chapel, although a large portion of attendees viewed the Mass on a video displayed on a truck outside of the building as the whole crowd was not able to fit inside.

 

Massgoers at the Eucharistic Procession in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, on May 18, 2024. Christina Herrera

Massgoers at the Eucharistic Procession in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, on May 18, 2024. Christina Herrera

 

This was followed by the exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament on K Street and a recitation of the Litany of St. Joseph before the procession began down the road.

 

The Blessed Sacrament is seen at the Eucharistic Procession in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph on May 18, 2024. Christina Herrera

The Blessed Sacrament is seen at the Eucharistic Procession in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph on May 18, 2024. Christina Herrera

 

At the lead of the procession were the cross bearer and candle bearers, followed by religious sisters. After the sisters were children who have recently received their First Communion, and then the Blessed Sacrament itself inside of a monstrance and under a processional canopy. Behind the Eucharist were the priests, the choir and the lay faithful.

Throughout the procession, attendees said prayers, including the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The faithful also sang various hymns and stopped at three stations to kneel in front of the Blessed Sacrament where Trullols would read from the Gospel.

One of the attendees — Joseph Duncan from McLean, Virginia — told CNA the procession was “amazing” and noted the importance of a procession near the White House during an election year: “[It can] bring a lot of grace to the country.”

 

The faithful kneel during the Eucharistic Procession in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph on May 18, 2024. Christina Herrera

The faithful kneel during the Eucharistic Procession in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph on May 18, 2024. Christina Herrera

 

Brittany Baldwin, from Houston, Texas, told CNA the procession was “incredibly moving” and that she “choked up” during the procession and “watching people’s reactions was equally moving.”

Baldwin, who said she also attended CIC’s procession last year, noted the growth in attendees and added: “I’m sure there would have been a lot more if it wasn’t for the rain.”

The CIC offers daily Mass on weekdays and regularly hosts informational events on Catholic theology and other Catholic issues. The organization also has a bookstore.

 

 

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