The annual Two Cathedrals’ Procession of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Saturday 18 October. The procession will begin at 1.30pm at Westminster Cathedral and be led through London, crossing the Thames, to reach St George’s Cathedral in Southwark where Benediction will be given at approximately 2.45pm.
Now in its fifth year, this annual event was first observed as a direct result of the visit of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to the UK in September 2010. It is an act of thanksgiving for the graces received during the Papal visit, including the beatification of Blessed John Henry Newman, whose Feast is commemorated on 9 October.
One of the intentions for this year’s walk will be to pray for peace in Iraq, Syria and throughout the Middle East.
This year the procession will be led by Bishop Nicholas Hudson, who served as a priest in Southwark and was ordained this year as Auxiliary Bishop for Westminster. At his ordination in June, Bishop Nicholas said “It’s often said, we’re a city ‘By the Thames Divided’ …It occurs to me that there are many bridges between Southwark and Westminster; and I hope I can be another.” In a visible way, Bishop Nicholas will therefore be a bridge between both Dioceses on that day.
All are invited to come and witness to the Faith and honour the Lord’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament.