It was a gorgeous day on campus. We estimate about 600 people were praying devotedly to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Happily, there were many Kloskas and blog readers present. If you look closely, you will see us in some of these pictures. You'll also see multiple Franciscans, a Benedictine, a Dominican, a diocesan priest as well as many Congregation of Holy Cross priests, sisters, brothers, and seminarians.
In this first picture, Jesus Himself emerges from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart:
The procession to the first station:
The faithful begin to kneel in adoration:
The religious kneel in adoration:
The presiders kneel in adoration (that's Fr. Kevin Russeau, CSC on the left [Kloskas call him RevKev], Fr. Tyson, CSC on the right [he's the head honcho of their province]):
I am proud to say that Holy Cross College
once again had an excellent altar of exposition this year. The reredos was built by Br. Chris Dreyer, C.S.C.
and stained and decorated by students. It will be enhanced even further next year - just wait and see!
New this year, the Women's Schola led the chanting from station to station. It was a great service to everyone.
I like the following picture because it sort of captures the Catholic Church in America: young, old, black, white, Hispanic, lay, religious, etc.
This picture shows approximately 2/3 of the procession:
At the statue of Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom:
Gazing upon Our Lord...
These pictures speak for themselves:
One of the neatest things about public acts of devotion is the reaction of passers-by. One wonders what is going through their minds when they encounter something like this...
At the end of the procession on steps of the Golden Dome, Fr. David Tyson
, the Provincial Superior of the Indiana Province of Priests and Brothers
, gave the final benediction. It was an awesome experience to receive that blessing while kneeling in the very heart of campus.
To be standing there and singing "Proudly in the heavens, gleams thy gold and blue" while looking directly at the dome was very touching.