Thousands Honour Christ the King

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
24 Nov 2016

Over 5000 pilgrims participated in the Walk With Christ Eucharistic Procession on Sunday 20 November 2016, the Feast of Christ the King, according to police estimates.

The procession formed a new pathway through the city due to George St construction closures and walkers enjoyed warm spring weather and clear skies.

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP concluded the walk at St Mary's Cathedral by presiding over the liturgy and bringing to completion the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, just as Pope Francis did the same in Rome.

Catholics from across Sydney gathered at the corner of Martin Place and Pitt St to welcome the Blessed Sacrament, which was processed from St Patrick's at Church Hill. The three Auxiliary Bishops of Sydney Terry Brady, Tony Randazzo and Richard Umbers carried the Blessed Sacrament accompanied by seminarians with students from St Mary's Cathedral College carrying the canopy. The faithful participated in groups representing parishes, associations, religious congregations, youth groups and families.

Parishioners and children carried the Books of Life in the procession containing the prayers of the community from those in need including the sick, the housebound, those in hospital, and those on the margins. This annual tradition of collecting prayer requests from parishes and schools was taken a step further for the Year of Mercy, inviting parishes, groups and our Catholic charities to reach people and seek out prayers beyond the usual networks.

As the crowds reached the forecourt of the Cathedral they fell silent for a time of Eucharistic Adoration. Thousands also walked through the Holy Doors of St Mary's Cathedral on the last day of the Jubilee of Mercy.

Pope Francis concluded the Year of Mercy in Rome by signing an Apostolic Letter during the Mass on 20 November and releasing it the following day, entitled Misericordia et Misera, meaning "Mercy with Misery".

In the letter, the Holy Father identifies ways in which the abundant mercy of God will be accessible to the Church and to the world, long after the Jubilee has ended. Pope Francis includes the making the Sacrament of Reconciliation more easily and readily available, the powers of absolution for the sin of abortion given to every priest and instituting a "World Day of the Poor".