Monday, 23 May 2011

Barney Life No. 34

The May Procession took place at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.  During the morning there had been heavy showers of rain every hour or so, and the prospects at first did not look good for an outdoor procession. But by mid-afternoon the sun shone and stayed shining in a clear blue sky.  Between forty and fifty people attended, many coming a considerable distance to be present.  The procession made its way around the church and presbytery, singing lustily hymns to Our Lady, until we came to rest beside the statue of Our Lady of Barnard Castle.  Here we stopped to say the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, before returning to the church, where the statue of Our Lady was crowned and Benediction was celebrated.  Afterwards refreshments were served on the lawn and the chat went on for a long time. A truly lovely day!

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful occasion, Father. It is more than a shame that these popular devotions which were once such an integral part of parish life have now been largely abandoned.