Where does the Eucharistic Procession take place?
Star of the Sea Catholic Church
1404 Pacific Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
What time will the Eucharistic Procession begin?
The faithful are encouraged to be in the church of Star of the Sea by 2:30pm. Following Father’s welcome and introductory remarks, the ceremony will begin with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The procession is scheduled to begin promptly at 3:00pm.
What route will the procession follow?
After leaving the church, the procession will cross over Pacific and Atlantic Avenues, then make a turn North on the boardwalk and proceed into the City Park at 24th Street. The procession will return via the same route. The distance from the Church to the park is approximately nine-tenths of a mile; so round trip would be just under 2 miles.
What will take place at the 24th street Park?
An Altar of Repose will be set up at the City Park to receive the monstrance, followed by a brief period of silent adoration and a short sermon(s) on the Eucharist. Afterwards, the assembly will sing “Tantum Ergo” while the Blessed Sacrament is incensed; then the Benediction (Blessing) and finally the entire assembly makes its way back to the Church.
What happens when the procession returns to the Church?
The priest places the monstrance on the altar. After the assembly has filed into the pews, they again sing “Tantum Ergo” while the priest incenses the Blessed Sacrament. This is followed by the final Benediction and the recitation of the Divine Praises. The Blessed Sacrament is then placed reverently in the Tabernacle. After some closing remarks, the assembly will sing a final hymn.
What should I wear?
A variety of weather is possible in mid-October. It is advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and use sun block. Since the procession is of a prayerful nature and we will be walking with our Eucharistic King, respectable clothing is strongly encouraged.
What will be the order of procession?
A designated banner will lead the procession followed by religious associations, confraternities and tertiaries. They will be followed by lay religious and then clerical religious. Next the processional cross flanked by torch bearers, followed by seminarians and priests; then two thurifers, followed by the celebrant holding the monstrance under the canopy, which is flanked by two ministers and surrounded by several torch bearers, acolytes, and the Knights of Columbus Color Guard. At the end of the procession come laymen led by the choir of singers.
May our group/parish/school, etc., carry a banner?
Yes. In fact, we encourage it; however it must be in comportment with the follow guidelines:
- Except for the processional cross, no other images may be carried in a procession of the Blessed Sacrament.
- Banners depicting sacred images may be carried, but not one which has a military character or a triangular form.
- Only banners from parishes or legitimate Catholic organizations, guilds, sodalities or confraternities will be permitted.
- Members of a group will follow their banner.
- A designated, approved banner will lead the procession.
- Banners which depict, directly or indirectly, topics/themes which are political, contrary to the faith, controversial to the faith, not officially approved by the church or detracting from the dignity of the Blessed Sacrament are prohibited.
- All banners must be approved by the banner committee.
- Any banner in violation of the above norms will not be allowed to march in the procession.
Will programs be provided so I can follow along and participate?
Yes, programs will be provided.
What if it rains? Will there be a rain date?
There is no rain date. If the weather is inclement, we will accept what God gives and pray before the Blessed Sacrament in the church.