Wednesday, May 9, 2012

4th Annual May Procession at Sacramento, CA

I offer my apologies for the regular blog readers for my sporadic blog posts -- 2012 has been a busy year so far (work, family, church and such) and finding time to update the blog has been quite a challenge for me. Anyway, to make up for the long absence, I'm posting here pictures (and video down below) taken from the 4th Annual Procession spearheaded by the wonderful FSSP community of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish based in Sacramento, California (USA). The procession starts at the East Lawn Memorial Park, walking along the streets of downtown Sacramento, passing by the State Capitol, then ending at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. After a short period of preparing the altar, a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form is celebrated, which is concluded with the crowning of our Lady.    

 Assembling at the East Lawn Cemetery
 Altar servers preparing for the procession
 Fr. Matthew McNeely, F.S.S.P, giving the blessing before the procession
 Coming out of the cemetery

 Processing along some residential areas

 Fr. McNeely hearing confessions while walking 

 Passing by the State Capitol -- what a sight!

 Approaching the Cathedral
 Knights of Columbus Honor Guards welcoming our Lady in front of the Cathedral

 Preparing for the Solemn High Mass

 Blessing of the crown
 Crowning our Lady!

More pictures (tons of them, too many to be posted here!) can be accessed here! See youtube videos below.