Fr. Edward Murphy, Chaplain of St. Anne Shrine and Pastor of St. Andrew’s of Taunton, celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi with a procession through the streets of Fall River on Sunday, June 6, 2021.
Over 150 pilgrims from the area braved the unusually warm temperatures and brilliant sunshine and joined the procession starting in the Shrine Crypt of St. Anne’s, with exposition from a temporary altar on the front steps of the church, around the upper end of Kennedy Park, accompanied by the St. Cecilia’s Philharmonic Band providing the pace and music. The procession ended back at the Shrine with the public recital of the Divine Praises, and retired to the lower church for the closing ceremonies.
With the relaxing of public assembly restrictions and the improvement in the health and welfare of our city and diocese, this procession and praise of Our Lord is especially important; giving thanks for his mercy and asking for continued guidance and protection as life in the Fall River diocese returns to normal was thought a suitable and necessary step for the Society to take, and in keeping with traditions of our faith.