“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)