This evening quite a crowd turned out for a Procession to celebrate the Eucharistic Congress with participants from three parishes - Blackrock, Newtownpark Avenue, and Booterstown. The meeting point was the entrance to the Daughters of Charity home (St Theresa's). I had never been in the grounds before, so this was a first - they looked great. Many of the elderly residents (mostly nuns) came out to see us pass - the photo to the left shows a small section of the procession on its way past the main house and out of the grounds to the back of the Guardian Angels School and Church.
I brought my 1932 EC flag which got a lot of attention (see my previous blog post about this here). One of the priests asked if it could be carried by some of the children who were wearing their First Communion outfits at the front of the procession - to which I gladly agreed. At the Church, where there was a short prayer service, I draped the flag over the altar rails. I showed it to an elderly priest who attended the 1932 Congress as a small boy - he was delighted to see it and told me about watching the trains loaded with pilgrims passing through his home town of Portlaoise on their way to the huge ceremonies being held in Dublin.
Roll on Sunday next for the Statio Orbis mass!