Fatima Eucharistic Procession on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk
On Saturday, Oct 13, 2012, Fraternity priests from our Chesapeake and Richmond apostolates led the inaugural Eucharistic Procession on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk to commemorate the miracle of the sun at Fatima in 1917.
Approximately 400 parishioners from 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 had been erected on the stage for Exposition and Adoration. A Rosary with the meditations of the Blessed Sacrament was prayed along the way.
Fr. Neal Nichols, FSSP, and Fr. Peter Byrne, FSSP, the pastor and assistant pastor, respectively, of St Benedict’s Parish in Chesapeake, and Fr. Robert Novokowsky, FSSP, the pastor of St. Joseph’s in Richmond, offered meditations on the message of Fatima and our world today. 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, the servers from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Richmond, and the police and officials of Virginia Beach.
Most importantly, thanks were given by all who attended to Our Blessed Mother for her intercession on such a beautiful day. More images follow.
October 20, 2012