All Men Invited to 2nd Holy Name Procession
The Holy Name Society at St. Antoninus Church (Western Hills/Cincinnaii) invites all area Catholic men to its second annual Eucharistic procession from Cincinnati’s cathedral to Old St. Mary’s Church in Over-the-Rhine, Oct. 8th from 9-11 am. Once a major annual event through the streets of Cincinnati, the procession was revived last year (see photos here). About 200 men participated. Organizers hope for many more this year.
From the St. Antoninus Holy Name Society:
A Call for Courageous Men
A small Catholic men’s group from St. Antoninus, on the west side of town, is working together to revive the glory days of Cincinnati. This group is set to hold its second annual Eucharistic Procession in downtown Cincinnati on the 8th of October. The procession is specifically for men.
Hailing from all parts of the tristate, 35,000 well-dressed men rose up to march, sing, and pray in the 1913 Holy Name Parade in Cincinnati. During World War I there was a respite, but the processions were revived in 1919. That year the march drew the largest number of Catholics to that date in the history of Cincinnati as Archbishop Moeller led more than 40,000 Catholics in a procession to Honor the Holy Name of Jesus. One might imagine the Knights of Columbus in procession amidst parish societies, banners and bands, entering Redland field singing “Holy God we Praise Thy Name.” A few years later, more than 30,000 men again marched in Cincinnati.
The first local Holy Name Society group began in Newport in the year 1900, while the first Holy Name procession recorded in Cincinnati was in 1907 in Mt. Adams. This short procession began at the Holy Cross school and ended at the Church for benediction. The men in these groups must have quickly garnered enthusiasm, because by 1911,12,000 men marched. One local newspaper reported that black Catholics from St. Ann parish, lead by Pastor Edward T. Cleary, “turned out one hundred strong… and attracted considerable attention.” These marches helped to unify men of different ethnicities and races. By 1913 the march became so large that they ended the parade at Redland Field (later renamed Crosley Field) to adore the Most Blessed Sacrament. It was estimated that 35,000 men marched that day.
These parades were indeed a mark of the hearty heritage of Catholicism in Cincinnati. Today the Holy Name Society Men’s group of St. Antoninus realizes that the world needs strong men to stand up in faith to honor the Holy Name of Jesus. In a world that constantly deals with brokenness and fatherlessness, the group stands as one of courage and faith. These few men seek to build up fellow men to be strong leaders, faithful fathers who will promote peace and unity in our beloved city. This Group wishes to renew the Catholic heritage of the Holy Name processions of the past and encourages all men to prayerfully join this year’s Eucharistic Procession.
Please join us.
The 2016 men’s Men’s Holy Name Eucharistic Procession, led by Fr. Jon-Paul Bevak on October 8th from 9 – 11 am. It will begin at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati and process to Old St. Mary’s Church at 13th and Main Streets in Over-the-Rhine.
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