JERUSALEM – To end the month of Mary, the faithful of Jerusalem gathered in Saint Savior Church on Thursday, May 31, 2018, to participate in the traditional procession of the statue of the Virgin in the streets of the Christian quarter of the old city. Preceded by a Mass followed by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patrician of Jerusalem, by Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine, and by the faithful of the parish, the traditional procession left the church to walk around in the streets of the Christian quarter of the old city before returning to its starting point.
Eight young girls dressed and veiled in white, recalling the Mother of God, carried on their shoulders, the statue of the Virgin. Preceded by Scouts, the statue, parishioners, some diocesan priests and Franciscan friars, Archbishop Pizzaballa closed the procession with an icon of the Virgin that everyone could revere and embrace. At his side were the Apostolic Delegate, but also Father Francesco Patton, Custos of the Holy Land, and Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem and Palestine.
During the journey to Saint Savior, the procession stopped twice. A first halt was made in the courtyard of the college of the De La Salle Brothers of Jerusalem where a giant rosary, made of balloons inflated with helium, was flown in the sky of the old city. The procession then continued on its way to stop for a short time in the Concathedral of the Latin Patriarchate. Once again at Saint Savior, the final blessing could be pronounced by the Administrator.