Re-imagining a wonderful tradition

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Bishop Fintan Gavin at the press conference that announced the change of the route for the Eucharistic Procession. (Credit Cillian Kelly)

“Taking the Procession through the commercial heart of the city while the wider culture continues with its afternoon activities is not appropriate any longer,” the Bishop of Cork
and Ross, Fintan Gavin, explained at a recent press conference with regard to the Eucharistic Procession in Cork.

Until now, the Procession commenced at the Cathedral and concluded in Daunt Square. The
new route will see the Procession beginning with prayers at St. Mary’s Church, Pope’s Quay, and it will then proceed to the Cathedral. Benediction, a homily and a time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament will conclude the Procession at the Cathedral.

Addressing the event which launched the plans for the Procession, Lord Mayor Cllr. John
Sheehan said that he very much supported the plans to put new life into the Procession and he recalled many happy memories from his childhood when he walked in the
Procession: “So it was a very special honour for me to be able to take part in the Procession this past year as the city’s First Citizen,” he said.

Bishop Fintan established a working group of laity and clergy to make recommendations regarding the route and format of the Procession and this group will be in contact with all the local parishes, churches and religious communities as plans unfold.