May 27, 2018

Walk With Christ to close Year of Mercy in Sydney

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Walk With Christ will return to the streets of Sydney next month, 17 months after the last Eucharistic procession through the CBD. Photos: Giovanni Portelli
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Walk With Christ will bring to a close Year of Mercy celebrations for Sydney Catholics next month.

With a new date – the 20 November feast of Christ the King – and a new path through the city, event organiser Cathy Kennedy, director of the Catholic Renewal and Evangelisation Diocesan Office (CREDO), , said the Eucharistic procession will be a fitting finale for the Jubilee of Mercy.

Previously held on the feast of Corpus Christi, the procession was celebrated in parishes in May due to light rail works in the CBD.

Ms Kennedy has invited the faithful to gather at Pitt Street from 2pm to welcome the Blessed Sacrament, which will be escorted by a small group of religious, at 2.30pm.

After gathering on Pitt Street, between Hunter Street and Martin Place, the procession will proceed east on Martin Place, then south on Elizabeth Street, north on Phillip Street, south on Macquarie, then continue south on College Road to St Mary’s Cathedral.

Ms Kennedy was pleased to confirm that all four of Sydney’s bishops would be involved with the event.

Auxiliary bishops Terry Brady, Anthony Randazzo and Richard Umbers will lead the procession to St Mary’s Cathedral, where the Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, will preside over the liturgy.

In a push to reach those on the margins of society, CREDO has this year trebled its order of Books of Life, which are distributed to parishes and filled with prayer petitions before being placed on the steps of the cathedral during the liturgy.

“We’re encouraging parishes to take them on all their home visits, nursing home visits, to hospitals, wherever they are going to serve, and invite people there to write in their petitions,” Ms Kennedy said.

“In the same way we are hoping to get copies to a lot of our charitable works here in Sydney.

“This is the Year of Mercy, and this is the closing event of the Year of Mercy.”

Ms Kennedy urged the faithful to make the most of the final day of the Year of Mercy and make a pilgrimage through the cathedral’s Mercy Doors.

“This will be the last opportunity to walk through the Door of Mercy and gain the indulgence,” she said.

Visit sydneycatholic.org/walkwithchrist for more information.

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