With the Blessed Sacrament held high, Archbishop José Gomez led more than 1,000 Catholics carrying flags, rosaries, and an abundance of spirit out of Mission San Gabriel Arcángel and onto the streets of the San Gabriel Valley March 25.
The Saturday morning event was unlike any other in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ history, planned as part of the National Eucharistic Revival underway at the prompting of the country’s bishops.
“Hey, Christ is alive!” called out Teodora Magluyan, a parishioner of St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Temple City. “The power of God is so amazing. … This is my opportunity to tell the world.”
Dozens of priests, sisters, and seminarians helped lead the procession, which traveled 3 miles east to St. Luke The Evangelist Church in Temple City and then back to the historic mission. Among them was Auxiliary Bishop Marc Trudeau of the San Pedro Pastoral Region.
Along the tree-lined streets of the San Gabriel Valley, walkers trailed the monstrance that was transported on a trailer filled with white and yellow roses. A second trailer carried musicians who led the crowd in song. Residents came outside to peek at the spectacle; some waved, some prayed, some just stared. And that’s exactly what organizers wanted.
“Many people are going to see us that don’t come to church, that may not be Catholic, that don’t know anything about this,” said Father Juan Ochoa, director of the Office for Divine Worship for the archdiocese, before the event. “Hopefully that will create a curiosity … what are they doing?”
The day, which coincided with the annual feast of the Annunciation, started with Mass in the mission chapel. The crowd was so large, some worshippers had to stand outside. During his homily, Archbishop Gomez noted that it was Mary who made the first eucharistic procession when she carried Jesus in her womb. An event like today’s, he told the crowd, was an opportunity to renew their “amazement” at the extraordinary gift of the holy Eucharist.
“Let us give our lives to Jesus, as he gave his life for us,” said Archbishop Gomez. “And as he changes the bread and wine into his body and blood, let us allow Jesus to change our hearts and to give us new zeal to announce him to people of our times….”
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