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Faithful show devotion to Mary in Manchester

More than 1,000 people take part in a Marian procession in Manchester

By on Thursday, 13 October 2011

The statue of Our Lady is carried from St Edward’s church in Rusholme (Photo: John Fryer)

The statue of Our Lady is carried from St Edward’s church in Rusholme (Photo: John Fryer)

More than 1,000 people took part in a procession on Saturday to mark the month of October.

Organised by the Christian Life Movement, the procession was aimed at bringing together Catholics from all walks of life and promoting devotion to the Virgin Mary.

The centrepiece was an eight-foot statue of the Madonna, brought all the way from Peru, which led the crowd from St Edward’s church in Rusholme to a nearby park.

Many people applauded as the crowd filed past.

The statue was carried in turns by over 40 men. Petals were strewn in front of the Madonna by schoolchildren, which was immediately followed by a cohort of local clergy. A pipe band played many devotional tunes. Onlookers were amazed at the sight of so many people walking through city streets on a scorching hot morning, singing hymns and praying.

Paddy Walsh, a construction worker and volunteer who helped carry the statue, said: “Today has been amazing. It is wonderful to come here and witness to our faith in a way that turns people’s heads. I love Mary as my mother. We hope that this has a good effect on our faith and encourages others to think.”

Inspector Damian O’Reilly, who managed the policing of the event, said: “I remember the old days and it’s nice to get something going again. This is just going to get bigger and bigger.”

The Marian Community of Reconciliation, who are in the same spiritual family as the Christian Life Movement, were responsible for the event.

  • Mikethe lionheart

    Wonderful.  This should be taking place in every major town in the country.  Not only for Mary but also for Corpus Christi.

  • ms Catholic state

    Yes….we should have more of these processions.  Also…we should invite secularists and others to join in… in the unfortunately named Eucharistic ‘Flash mob’….where the Friar holding the Monstrance invited everyone to kneel before Christ their God too.  And some did. 

    It is not often they will get the chance to adore Jesus Christ or pray to Mary their mother in their secular lives…..and who could deny them the opportunity. 

  • Anonymous

    This is great news. Of course not the sort of thing you would ever hear or read about in the secular media.
     too many processions faded away after Vatican 2.

  • Pinky_tg

    wonderful weather perfect day daughter fast asleep, bless up everyone who made it and pray for those who could not attend.