Most Precious Blood handed out leaflets to explain their Assumption procession

“What’s going on?” asked the leaflets that were handed out along the Borough High Street at London Bridge on Sunday, and the leaflet answered itself: a Procession of Our Lady, to honour her entry into Heaven. And everyone was invited to join in.

The parish of the Most Precious Blood held a Procession all around the Borough following the sung 11 am Mass, and it finished with prayers, hymns and then a barbeque at the CrossBones garden in Redcross Way at the rear of the church. (Cross Bones is a recently established garden on the site of London’s anonymous mediaeval burial ground, especially for prostitutes, and it is directly across Redcross Way from the presbytery.)

With children throwing flower petals, and a large crowd following behind the flower-decked statue of Our Lady, the procession made a colourful entry into the High Street. Father Chrisopher Pearson led the rosary, and the singing of “Ave Ave Maria”, accompanied by the parish choir, and the music was amplified by a new portable sound-system which was carried along in the procession too.

Sausages, burgers, and wine were enjoyed at the barbeque, which rounded off the summer’s activities in the parish. In the next couple of weeks, the children will be back at school, and parish groups will be meeting again after the summer break.


(from the UK Ordinariate website, photos from the MPB flickr page)

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4 Responses to Most Precious Blood handed out leaflets to explain their Assumption procession

  1. Matthew the Wayfarer says:

    Aqua Blue. That’s new.

    • Why? Blue is quite correct for Marian feasts.

      • Rev22:17 says:


        You wrote: Why? Blue is quite correct for Marian feasts.

        The liturgical color for feasts of the blessed mother is always WHITE in the Roman Rite. It is, however, acceptable to use white vestments with blue trim and ornamentation, as appears to be the case in the photo..

        There is, however, one exception to this. On major feast days, it is permissible to use vestments of superior quality even if they are not of the normal liturgical color. Thus, for example, a parish that normally uses cotton vestments could use vestments made of blue silk on a Marian feast.

        Some years ago, I was at St. Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Indiana, here in the States on the occasion of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Einsiedeln — a proper celebration in the archabbey’s calendar. For (full pontifical) vespers, the archabbot wore a cope that was blue and gold brocade material with royal blue velvet trim surrounded by gold piping and a white mitre with a cross of the same brocade material and gold piping, both of his assistants wore copes made of the same blue and gold brocade material with less ornate trip, and the four cantors wore matching copes with trim of the same blue and gold brocade and gold piping.

        Yes, “seven cope” vespers, done right. Truly magnificent!

        But these vestments, crafted by the archabbey’s tailor, clearly met the test of superior quality!


  2. CPS says:

    The orphrey of the chasuble is made from fabric which decorated Westminster Abbey for the coronation in 1953 (Patrimony!). It features a crown and symbols representing the countries of the United Kingdom which can be seen more clearly on other photos from the set which are here and you can follow MPB on Facebook too .

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