Second Michigan Men’s Eucharistic Procession Aims High, Emphasizes Call to Holiness

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by Trey Elmore  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 22, 2017   

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ROCHESTER, Mich. (ChurchMilitant.com) - On July 22, 600 Catholic men marched through Rochester, Michigan, for the second annual "Christ in the Streets" men's eucharistic procession for reparation and mercy. The procession was organized by the Catholic lay organization iNVICTUS CHRISTUS.

This year's procession attracted Catholic men from around Metro Detroit, in spite of a prediction of thunderstorms. There was light rain on Main Street in Rochester, as volunteers carrying large speakers led the men in the recitation of the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Litany of the Saints and Catholic hymns in praise of Our Eucharistic Lord.


Volunteers with Church Militant placed fliers inside the church, spreading word about this apostolate's upcoming Strength and Honor Men's Conference to be held from August 4–6. Our volunteers were later told by St. Andrew's pastor, Msgr. Michael Hrydziussko, not to pass them out, even though we'd received clearance earlier. Msgr. Hrydziussko claimed this was because (as he understood) Church Militant was not in agreement with the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Our volunteers requested that iNVICTUS CHRISTUS leader and RCIA instructor Bobby Hesley make mention of the conference during his remarks to the men following benediction, which he did. Although Msgr. Hrydziussko told Church Militant he was willing to speak with us on camera following the speakers, our crew was told that he had left the parish grounds altogether when attendees had left.

Hesley's speech heavily emphasized the call to holiness and virtue in all states of life, even exhorting the married men present to believe and live the Church's teaching on artificial contraception in their married state. Hesley also warned unmarried men who were dating against cohabitation before marriage.

Hesley included in his speech an appeal directly to Abp. Allen Vigneron of Detroit to have the archdiocese sponsor a men's procession downtown. Hesley envisions a million-man eucharistic procession in Washington D.C. if the current momentum behind iNVICTUS CHRISTUS' efforts continues.

Another leader with iNVICTUS CHRISTUS told the Church Militant crew that they were particularly grateful for our coverage of the event, considering their efforts to get the attention of secular media outlets, which were unfruitful.

Last year, over 600 men processed 2.5 miles with the Blessed Sacrament through Royal Oak, a gay and liberal enclave in Metro Detroit, starting at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica and ending at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The iNVICTUS CHRISTUS website describes the mission of the procession as follows:

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Two women fall prostrate before Jesus Christ
in the street in downtown Rochester
during eucharistic procession.
(Courtesy: The Michigan Catholic)

As men and Sons of the King, we seek to make reparation for not being our true selves—uniquely created by God with hearts of fire and sacrifice. The pursuit of our own passions has led us to shirk our duties as spiritual leaders in our homes and communities at large. The Eucharistic Procession is an open declaration of our intent to fix our eyes squarely on Christ Jesus, unite ourselves to His Passion and place our shoulders firmly on the labors of building His Kingdom.

The iNVICTUS CHRISTUS website further goes on to say of Saturday's procession that it aims to "boldly witness to Christ's Kingship and redemptive love."

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