Eucharistic Procession on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk

On Sunday, Oct 11, 2015, the priests of St Benedict’s Parish in Chesapeake participated in the annual Eucharistic Procession on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk to commemorate the miracle of the sun at Fatima in 1917.

Approximately 500 faithful from St. Benedict and local parishes participated. The event began with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and hymns, followed by the procession from Star of the Sea at 14th Street along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk to the 24th Street Park, where an altar was erected for Exposition and Adoration. A Rosary with the meditations of the Blessed Sacrament was prayed along the way.

Once at the altar of repose, Fr. Neal Nichols, FSSP, pastor of St. Benedict, was joined by assistant pastors Fr. David Nix and Fr. Anthony Forte, along with other priests of the area, in offering meditations on the message of Fatima with the need for reparation and adoration to God. After Benediction and the recitation of the Divine Praises, the procession returned to Star of the Sea while praying the remaining mysteries of the Rosary of the Blessed Sacrament, and singing traditional hymns.

Prayer and gratitude goes to all those that aided in the procession, especially the Most Rev. Francis DiLorenzo, Bishop of Richmond, Fr. Esteban DeLeon and the parishioners of Star of the Sea, and the parishioners of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. Special thanks also to St. Joseph’s Men’s Guild, St. Anne’s Sodality, Knights of the Altar and the police and officials of Virginia Beach.

Most importantly, thanks were given to Our Blessed Mother by all who attended, for her intercession on such a beautiful day. More images follow.

November 12, 2015