Marian Procession & Peace Rally 2021
The Multicultural Communities participate in the Marian Procession and Peace Rally 2021
At 1.30pm, Sunday May 16, 2021, more than 800 people gathered at the Jubilee Hall of the Adelaide Showgrounds, at Wayville for the 72th Annual Marian Procession of the Archdiocese of Adelaide. This indoor venue was perfect for this Diocesan Event which brings people from parishes, communities and schools together as one people of the Catholic faith to honour Mary, Mother of the Church, in the month of May when the weather is often unpredictable.
The atmosphere was spacious, prayerful and welcoming, as the people assembled to process around the hall while praying the Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary with the Readings and many hymns to Mary sung beautifully by the choir. The Rosary, recited in five different languages (English, Bari, Hungarian, Tetum, and Spanish), recognised the diversity of our Catholic Church. At the procession the participants marched behind their banners, each with their own Icon/Picture of Mary, with people dressed in traditional costumes celebrating the diversity of our multicultural church.
The devotion to Mary and her son Jesus Christ has long been close to the hearts of many members of our multicultural church and this expression of our faith is an important part of our Catholic traditions. The Liturgy of the day and the homily by Archbishop Patrick O’Regan DD was very inspirational and inclusive.
At this year Marian procession, the participants were called to live their faith through charity by generously contributing to a collection taken up for Caritas Australia to help our marginalised brothers and sisters overseas who are significantly impacted by the COVID19 Pandemic and natural disasters at present.
For centuries, Mary has captured the hearts of Christians all over the world as they reflect on her important role in the life of Jesus and of his followers. This year’s image of Mary was ‘Our Lady, Health of the Roman People’. This icon of Mary has been used over centuries to pray for people during plagues and pandemics as we pray for Mary’s protection and Peace in the world today.