Walk With Christ: The King of Mercy

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
18 Nov 2016

Walk With Christ, the annual Eucharistic Procession, will bring to completion the Year of Mercy celebrations for Sydney Catholics this Sunday. With moderate spring weather and a new path through the city, event organiser Cathy Kennedy, said the Eucharistic procession will be a fitting finale for the Jubilee of Mercy. "The level of interest has been high. We expect a very good attendance of 5,000 or more."

The faithful are invited to gather at the corner of Martin Place and Pitt Street from 2pm to welcome the Blessed Sacrament, which will be brought to the gathering place by our bishops and seminarians, at 2.30pm.

After gathering on Pitt Street, between Hunter Street and Martin Place, the procession will proceed east on Martin Place, then south on Elizabeth Street, north on Phillip Street, south on Macquarie, then continue south on College Road to St Mary's Cathedral.

All four of Sydney's bishops will be involved with the event. Auxiliary bishops Terry Brady, Anthony Randazzo and Richard Umbers will lead the procession to St Mary's Cathedral, where the Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, will preside over the liturgy.

The annual tradition of collecting prayer requests from parishes and schools in the Books of Life has taken a step further in this Year of Mercy.  When parishes, groups and our Catholic charities carry and present their Books of Life during the procession, it is expected that many more prayers will have been added by those on the margins.

"We have urged groups and parishes to take the Books of Life to the sick, the housebound, those in hospital, those in need, so that their important prayers are cherished and supported." said Mrs Kennedy.

"We expect that, even in this final week before the event, many more prayers will be collected and carried forward in the Books of Life."

Mrs Kennedy urged the faithful to make the most of the final day of the Year of Mercy and make a pilgrimage through the cathedral's Mercy Doors. "This will be the last opportunity to walk through the Door of Mercy and gain the indulgence," she said.

One last reminder from the organisers, please bring water, a hat and sunscreen. The temperature prediction is for a comfortable 25oC and for some cloud cover but the UV level will still reach 12, which is classed as extreme.