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While public Masses are shut down in the wake of the Wuhan virus, some priests are responding by bringing Our Lord to the streets.
Draped in cope and humeral veil, Fr. Tomaso Jochemczyk, a Polish priest with the Benedictines of the Immaculate in Villatalla, Italy, recently processed through the streets with the Blessed Sacrament.
Accompanied by Sr. Marie Ambroise, who was taking photos and video footage, the Benedictine priest chanted the Litany of the Saints, praying for the Church and the world in crisis, as well as for an end to the pandemic.
Another priest, this one in Italy, hit especially hard by the virus, has also been bringing Our Lord to the streets.
With due pomp and circumstance, Fr. Leonardo Ricotta carried the Blessed Sacrament through the empty streets of Palermo, Sicily.
And here in the United States, Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Tyler diocese in Texas announced his intentions to bring the Blessed Sacrament to the streets in a tweet: "I plan to stand at the busiest intersection in our city this evening with a deacon, vested in a cope and bless the people of God with the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in His Blessed Sacrament."
Strickland did exactly that. On Monday, he stood at a busy intersection, blessing all passing by.
In his tweet, Strickland also called on all clergy to do likewise: "I urge every priest to do the same in their city. Bring the Lord to His people!"