Denver Hosts Historic Eucharistic Procession, Drawing Thousands

Denver Hosts Historic Eucharistic Procession, Drawing Thousands

On Sunday, June 9, nearly 5,000 people participated in a Eucharistic procession through downtown Denver, making it likely the largest of its kind in the city's history. This event, part of the Junipero Serra Route of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage, significantly boosted the downtown population, typically around 16,000, by nearly a third.

The procession began with a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, led by Archbishop Samuel Aquila. The cathedral was packed, with attendees filling every available space.

In his homily, Archbishop Aquila emphasized the profound belief in the Eucharist as the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ, encouraging participants to view the world through "the eyes of Jesus."

As the Eucharist was carried through the streets by priests and seminarians, with a canopy held by Knights of Columbus, police managed traffic to allow the procession to move smoothly.

Spectators generally showed respect, with some taking photos and videos, and a few joining in with supportive honks prompted by "Honk for Jesus" signs.

Regina Gravrok, a recent Denver resident, noted the curiosity and respectful interest from onlookers.

Sister Mary Rose Chinn, who has been following the pilgrimage from California, spoke about the spiritual journey and her practice of bringing prayer intentions and praying for new acquaintances.

Jack Krebs, a "Perpetual Pilgrim," shared that the National Eucharistic Revival deepened his relationship with Christ in the Eucharist, highlighting a significant moment when a photographer decided to start RCIA after spending time with the pilgrims.

Participants sang hymns in various languages as they processed, pausing for Benediction in front of the Colorado state capitol, which displayed a pride flag. The procession concluded at Holy Ghost Church, where weary pilgrims received Benediction and rested in adoration.

Gravrok reflected on the experience, emphasizing the importance of living one's faith openly but reverently, suggesting that such public displays of faith can serve as a silent witness to others.

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