Marian Procession in Los Angeles

This appears on Fr. Andrew Bartus' blog, Anglican Patrimony.

On Sunday was the 230th anniversary of the founding of Los Angeles, and on Saturday afternoon and evening the Queen of Angels Foundation hosted a massive procession, rosary, and Mass in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. As I said previously, I would post photos.

St. Mary of the Angels was privileged and honored to be invited to attend, not only because of the name of our parish, but also because of our entrance into the Catholic Church via the Ordinariate.

The Archbishop, Jose Gomez, came out to greet us and bless us before the Rosary began at the end of the procession, which went from the plaza on Olvera Street (from the very first church in Los Angeles) winding down to the Cathedral. After the Rosary, St Mary's was honored again with seats right near the altar and the Cathedral's pastor, Msgr. Kostelnick, gave us a warm welcome.

The full representation of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was there, from bagpipes and traditional devotional societies, to Aztec dancers!

It was truly humbling when he announced to the hundreds of people there that we were Anglicans and were to be welcomed as we were becoming Roman Catholics through the Holy Father's provision of Anglicanorum coetibus!

I think it caught the whole room off-guard, as they were no doubt used to seeing ecumenical participants, but not participants who were actually acting on true unity! There were several audible gasps and "ooos" and "ahhs" coming from around the Cathedral, and the place erupted in applause. It was truly humbling.

Author: Fr. Christopher Phillips

Fr. Christopher G. Phillips is the pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has served for the past twenty-eight years. He is the founding pastor of the first Anglican Use parish, erected in 1983 under the terms of the Pastoral Provision. Fr. Phillips was ordained as an Anglican for the Diocese of Bristol, England, in 1975. After serving as Curate for three years at St. Stephen Southmead, he returned to the United States and served in two Episcopal parishes in the Diocese of Rhode Island. In 1981 he left the Episcopal Church and moved with his family to Texas, where he was subsequently ordained as a Catholic priest in 1983. Fr. Phillips and his wife, JoAnn, have been married for forty years. They have five children, all grown and married, and three grandchildren.

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