Walking with Mary – A Multicultural Pilgrimage of Faith April 2016

Taking the opportunity of the fact that 2016 has been declared as the Jubilee of Mercy, the His Holiness Pope Francis, The Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity wanted to honor the opportunity for our 40 different ethnic Catholic communities to come together and and pass through the doors of Mercy. From this  desire, the event Walking With Mary came to be, an event that gather about 2,500 people at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End of Boston.

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The Cathedral of the Holy Cross filled with pilgrims. Photo by George Martell

In preparation for this event, the various ethnic communities were asked to bring their Marian devotion and appoint members of their community to walk with their Mary Devotion through a procession through the South End of Boston, in which the name of the event, “Walking With Mary”  originated.

The event began in at 3:00 PM with a multilingual Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, which was sung by the Polish Choir of Saint John the Baptist Parish in Salem, and Kateri and Maria Takeakara from St. Mary Parish in Waltham.

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Kateri Thekaekara and the Saint John the Baptist Polish Community Choir – Photo by George Martell

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Devine Mercy Image – Photo by George Martell

Following the chaplet, a procession led by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley through the front doors of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in which parishioners representing about 40 different nations, many carrying banners, flags, and statues and images of their particular devotions to Mary, exited
in  singing and praising God.

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Cardinal Sean O’Malley at the procession – Photo by George Martell

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Hispanic Community processing with the banners and flags of different Marian devotions and different countries – Photo By George Martell

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Procession through the streets -Photo by George Martell

With police blocking off several nearby streets, the group walked a block around the cathedral, entering it again through the Holy Door of Mercy in a slow, halting procession, and the singing never appeared to stop.

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Procession- Photo by George Martell

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Procession- Photo By George Martell

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Entering through the Holy Doors of Mercy – Photo By George Martell

“Upon reentering the cathedral, each person was handed a white handkerchief, which they waved in the air as the procession, led by the Divine Mercy image and Cardinal O’Malley, moved through the center aisle towards the altar. About 200 children processed after the cardinal, carrying flowers that they placed into baskets at the front of the cathedral.

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Procession with the Divine Mercy Image – Photo By George Martel

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Waving the white handkerchief – Photo by George Martell

Father Michael Harrington, director of the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity, read the parable of the Good Samaritan, which led into a keynote address from Cardinal O’Malley.In his talk, the cardinal referenced the parable, saying that it highlights that Catholics should not only be merciful to their neighbors, but should also love them, and love God.” (Pilot Catholic Newspaper

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Cardinal Sean O’ Malley giving his address- Photo by George Martell

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Fr. Harrington, Director of the Office of Outreach and Cultural Diversity – Photo by George Martell

Cardinal O’Malley ended his remarks by leading the assembly in the Jubilee Prayer of Mercy. Following the prayer, 10 Choirs from different ethnic communities performed in honor of the Blessed Mother and the Merciful Jesus.

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Cardinal O’Malley’s Address – Photo by George Martell

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photo by George Martell

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girls from the Brazilian Community of St. Tarcisius Framingham dressed as Saint Faustina – Photo by George Martell

Father Harrington, speaking with The Pilot April 5, said that there is a potential for Walking with Mary to become an annual event.
“This was especially for the Year of Mercy, but a lot of ethnic leaders thought this would be the kind of event that could be done every year… Maybe we have started a tradition,” he said. (Boston Pilot Catholic Newspaper)

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photo by George Martell

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photo by George Martell

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