On Prayers and Processions
embodying God's love for the world
Because Our Lady of Mount Carmel is our parish's Patroness, we get to move her feast to the Sunday before or after July 16. This year, as you know, we're going with this coming weekend.
I hope you're getting pumped and preparing well. Hydrate!
Our procession is a powerful part of our annual celebration. In a word, it is expressive of our being the Body of Christ. Our public profession of faith demonstrates that God’s love is not confined to the church building: We must bring it to life wherever we go.
The procession reminds us of the public nature of our faith, but it also shows our neighbors that we are committed to the task – and they can call on us to be the Body of Christ!
Further, the procession makes known the fact that God is alive, and that he is on the move. God is at work in every neighborhood, and we are called to join him in his work to claim every heart, every life, for Jesus.
It is the Spirit that animates the Body of Christ. That means that, whether or not you can join us on procession or pilgrimage, you can accompany us and support us by your prayers. As we process, my prayers for you and OLMC will be that we live out our call – both together and individually – to bring the love of God to life for everyone we encounter!
We look forward to this weekend every year... and I look forward to celebrating this special day with you!
δοῦλος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ
PS Join us this weekend:
Every Mass will be the Mass of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
After the 11:15 am Mass, we will process with the (big) statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel around some of the surrounding streets
Following the procession, we will enjoy a potluck lunch in the School Gym (we'll show you the way if you don't know it)
Preparing for Mass?
Check out this weekend's readings:
The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel