Come Kneel Before Him Now

This is a Eucharistic flash mob. I wonder what the response to this would be in one of our malls; or on the Mall in Washington DC, or any number of public places.

Here in Oklahoma, we have so few Catholics, it might just lead to confused stares and dome scratching from all the Southern Baptists. :-)

 

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  • http://reflectionsforthesoul.com Marcelle Bartolo-Abela

    Loved it. Absolutely loved it. Thanks, Rebecca, for posting it.

  • Maggie Goff

    This made me cry. Thank you .

  • Dale

    Public displays of the Eucharist, whether as adoration or as a procession, allows for a powerful witness to faith. Bringing Christ out of the churches and into the public square strengthens the belief of those who believe, encourages those who are wavering, and stimulates the curiosity of non-believers.

    Many years ago, I chanced upon a Eucharistic procession on a Chicago street. Having never seen anything like it, I wasn’t sure how to respond and vacillated. I am sorry to say that my wife had to pull me to my knees. It was a deep experience for me, and I want to think that others may have benefited as well.

    A few years ago, a professional video was made titled “God in the Streets of New York City.” If anyone hasn’t seen the video, it is well worth a look.
    http://www.nypriest.com/gallery/video/god-in-streets/

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      In our family, it would probably been me, gaping in confusion and my husband tugging my arm to get me to kneel. :-)

      “I am sorry to say that my wife had to pull me to my knees. “

  • FW Ken

    It’s not like Pope Francis isn’t talking about taking Christ into the streets. :-)

    I think we are coming into a new and wonderful time in the life of the Church. Bl. John Paul II engaged the world and gave us good examples of joy and death; Papa Benedict gave us intellectual foundations; Pope Francis is pulling us out of our shells.

    Good times indeed.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I think so, too, Ken.

  • Valentin Boyanov

    I can’t stop my tears of joy !

  • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

    When you consider what the competition is, it’s a blinking wonder more people aren’t flooding into the Church! But it’s happening. One small fact I was told has lots to tell. Apparently, a generation or so ago, only the largest half-dozen dioceses in Italy had offices dedicated exclusively to the reception of adult converts. Now nearly every one of our more than 200 dioceses do. And so the media speak of empty pews and “crisis of vocations” while the bishops have to create posts for the reception of catechumens. From what I have seen here – and in spite of the awful quality of England’s bench of Bishops – the same is probably true in Britain: every few weeks, the parishes I have seen seemed to be celebrating the baptism of some adult person or couple or family.

  • Peg

    Wow how awesome! I could’n’t tell what city it was???

    What a great video to work on and experience to have. Although I love the Corpus Christi processions this is a very fresh way to bring Our Lord and his word to the streets.

    Many thanks for sharing!

    • Dale

      Peg, it took place in Preston, Lancashire in the UK. It is located about 30 miles NNE of Liverpool.

      One of friars involved has posted about it on his blog. He mentioned that one of the reasons a flash mob was chosen was to minimize the chance of an organized counter protest being formed. :(
      http://acertainhope.blogspot.com/2011_06_01_archive.html

      However, another reason for choosing a flash mob, as opposed to a eucharistic procession, is that too few people know how to respond in public to the Eucharist. So the participants in the flash mob were able to model the correct behavior for the onlookers. In addition, “undercover agents” would engage curious onlookers in conversation, and discuss what was happening. These “agents” handed out cards which explained common questions or concerns.

      • http://fpb.livejournal.com/ Fabio P.Barbieri

        I was about to comment about this, so I will do this as a response to your response. Preston is unusual in that it is the historic heartland of Catholicism in England. Preston and St.Helens, South Lancashire before Liverpool became important, were the part of the kingdom of England where neither Anglicanism nor Protestantism ever triumphed. Long before the Irish waves of the nineteenth century, the Church held out there among the people. Then the Irish came, further strengthening an already popular identity, so that in effect places like Preston can be counted as having a Catholic heritage. Which includes the fact that most passers-by will at least have been to church as children. I was struck by the way the Franciscan preacher just assumed that everyone understood the divine nature of the Sacrament, which would probably have been impossible in London or Edinburgh.


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