A beautiful day of adoration during a Eucharistic Procession for the faithful is coming to Bayou Lafourche this upcoming weekend! The three-part succession, which is open to the public, includes boating from Golden Meadow to Larose, followed by a vehicle procession to Thibodaux’s St. Joseph’s Cemetery and ending by foot at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedra also in Thibodaux.
The event is the first annual Adoration on the Bayou, the "Foi de Nos Peres" (Faith of our Fathers) Eucharistic Procession and will take place this Saturday, October 7, which is the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary.
The day will begin with an 8:00 a.m. mass at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church in Golden Meadow. Following mass, the devoted will travel up the bayou by boat. Participants can decorate their boats with the names of their respective church parishes, organizations, family names, or crests.
Registered boats will stop at other Catholic churches to include St. Joseph's in Galliano, Sacred Heart in Cut Off until reaching Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Larose.
Upon arrival, the priest with the Blessed Sacrament will disembark and bless all participating boats. The priest will then begin to process by foot to Holy Rosary Church. At this time, all registered boats will enjoy a boxed lunch, signifying the end of the boating procession and beginning of the second succession.
After lunch, the second succession will begin by vehicle, embarking to St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Stops along the way include Lockport Holy Savior; Saint Hilary’s in Mathews, St. Mary’s Cemetery in Raceland, and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Thibodaux.
The third and final sequence will be by foot from St. Joseph’s Cemetery to the Thibodaux Co-Cathedral for Vespers and Benediction. What better way to sanctifying the remainder of such a special day?
Eucharistic Processions such as this are prevalent throughout Catholic history. Pope Julius III approved this Catholic rite of adoration on October 11, 1551. Considered a festive celebration, the Blessed Sacrament is carried from place to place solemnly. While publically exposed, the faithful followers profess their faith through adoration.
Over the years, the Catholic Church has introduced various forms of this type of worship, which are ever increasing in popularity, beauty, and helpfulness to its followers, such as visits to the tabernacle, Benediction, and the solemn procession.
Processions move through cities, towns, or villages. All the while, the Blessed Sacrament is publically exposed. Processions can be short or long in nature, lasting up to forty hours. In some places, the adoration rite can continue perpetually, day and night.
People living along the route who may be unable to participate in the actual procession, gathering along the bayou to show your support is a great alternative and provides an excellent opportunity to greet the Blessed Sacrament as it passes.
Again, the procession will begin in Golden Meadow to Larose via registered boats, Larose to St. Joseph's Cemetery by vehicle and St. Joseph's Cemetery to St. Joseph's Co-Cathedral in Thibodaux.
Registered boats must be in the bayou and ready to proceed at 8:30 a.m., which is thirty minutes before the departure from Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church in Golden Meadow.
Participants will end the day with Vespers and Benediction at approximately 6:20 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral in Thibodaux.
For more information on the procession, or to register a boat, emails may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Michelle Parr at 985-227-7754. Interested parties may also contact any church offices along the route.
Posted on Tue, October 3, 2017
by Holly McKeon, Contributing Writer