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Dungarvan leader 3rd July 1943


Corpus Christi procession in Dungarvan -Inspiring Scenes


On Sunday last under the rays of a broiling Sun the Annual Corpus Christi procession took place through the streets of Dungarvan.  As in former years, a very large number of men, women and school children from the various Confraternities sodalities and schools took part.  The fervour and devotion of the processionists as also of the many hundreds who knelt in the streets as the Blessed Sacrament passed by was really inspiring. The decorations all round were beautiful but the streets outside the Presentation and Mercy Convents where many banners and a number of tableaux were presented showed the minute preparation which the nuns  had made for this great public demonstration of our Faith, and of our love for the Blessed Sacrament.


Punctual at 2.30pm the Abbeyside Children of Mary, together with the men and women of the Confraternities accompanied by Rev. J Roche, PP and Rev M Power, CC, arrived to take up their places with the main body which was drawn up in the Churchyard of St. Marys and along Mitchel Street.  On the stroke of 3pm the procession headed by the Cross-bearer J F. Morrissey, moved off. The route was the same as last year and the order of procession was as given in our last issue. The canopy was carried by members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Blessed Sacrament was borne by Very Rev T Canon O’ Brien, P.P, V.F, assisted by Rev P Lannon and Rev J Lawn.  A Guard of Honour was provided by the Garda Siochana under Supt O’ Mahony, and a Guard of Honour under Mr. J Lyons with fixed bayonets preceded the canopy.  Benediction was imparted at the square and again outside the Church gates in beautiful alters erected for the purpose, during which the entire congregation knelt in adoration of the King of Kings, while members of the Dungarvan Brass and Reed band under Mr. M J McHugh, Bandmaster sounded the salute and L D F Guard of Honour presented arms. Great work in marshalling the procession was done by Rev P Farrell, CC, assisted by a band of willing workers and helped in splendid fashion by the Abbeyside Troop of Boy Scouts under their S M, Mr L, F. Lanigan solr, The St Marys Dungarvan, troop of Scouts marched in a body in the procession.  The clergy taking part were- Rev Dr Curtis, Prior OSA, Rev Fr Magee, OSA, Rev Fr Doyle, OSA, Rev Fr Donegan OSA, Rev Fr Conway PP, Kilgobnet, Rev Fr Power, CC, Dungarvan, Rev Fr Corbett CC do, Rev Brother Flatley, had charge of the CBS boys. The singing of the faith of our fathers after the second Benediction, brought the great occasion to a grand conclusion.


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