An estimated 1,300 parishioners and clergy joined Bishop Alberto Rojas in the Hemet Vicariate Eucharistic Procession on Nov. 19 at St. Christopher Parish in Moreno Valley.
“To our brothers and sisters who are not from St. Christopher’s and not from Moreno Valley, we welcome you. Our heart is in gratitude for you coming over here and gracing the occasion,” said Father Christopher Navarro, M.S. parochial vicar.
The procession began at 4 pm at the parish and moved east toward Cottonwood Ave, where they stopped for the first prayer station. Then, the procession went south on Crape Myrtle Dr., then west on Sweet Grass Dr., at which point they stopped at the second prayer station. Then they made their way south on Flaming Arrow Dr., west on Bay Ave., then north on Perris Blvd., where they stopped for the third prayer station before returning to the parish.
The sun was setting as the walk progressed around the the parish’s neighborhood. In preparation for the darkness, parishioners of St. Christopher handed out battery-powered candle sticks prior to the start. As the day turned to twilight, people began to turn on their candles. Then as twilight turned to dusk, and the dusk turned into darkness, the procession neared its conclusion, and thousands of candles illuminated the streets near the church.
The refrain, “Oh Blessed, oh Blessed, oh Blessed be our God, the angels are singing and giving grace to God, the angels are singing and giving grace to God…” was sung repeatedly during the entirety of the procession in English and Spanish.
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From Inland Catholic Byte