Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Every Knee Shall Bow - Flash Mob in Preston UK

This is quite a moving display of witness to the Real Presence of the Lord in the Eucharist. It is somewhat unconventional and, if you go to the National Catholic Register website, after many very positive comments some reservations are expressed about the apparent lack of reverence shown in carrying the Blessed Sacrament in a mere hold-all or duffle bag and that the Bishop's permission was not sought.

I sympathise wholeheartedly with such comments. It would have been much better if the friar had carried the Blessed Sacrament on his person, concealed beneath his habit, and then donned stole and humeral veil and placed the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance, and even have arranged for a canopy or at least an ombrelino to be held over the monstrance, and some people holding candles either side of him.

Nevertheless I think the event is typical of the lack of convention that the mendicant orders have often shown in the past and, overall, is to be commended. The fact that people did kneel in public before the Lord was a powerful testimony to faith. Also, the fact that the friar paid did not delay to speak with the young woman who touched his shoulder was clear sign that he did not want to engage in any conversation while carrying the Blessed Sacrament. It has certainly made me think ahead to next year's Corpus Christi. I hope we can have a procession through the streets of Gwinn.

Check the NCR page for a transcription of the titles given to Our Blessed Lord by the narrating friar.

1 comment:

  1. Preston is where I grew up and my family lives. I really enjoyed seeing this. Very moving. I love the expressions on the peoples faces. The reciting of Jesus in the bible was amazing. How did the friar manage to raise Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament for so long? Was it Moses who needed help to keep his arms up during a battle, which was subsequently won!


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