On Sunday evening last, 10 June, to coincide with the opening of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, parishioners of Cashel and Rosegreen and surrounding areas took part in a memorable Parish Eucharistic Pilgrimage to some of Cashel’s most famous religious sites.
Led by the local St Patrick’s Brass Band and the Dermot O’Hurley Pipe Band, hundreds of people traversed the journey from Hore Abbey to the Rock, then on to St Dominic’s Abbey, and finally concluded the Pilgrimage in St John the Baptist Church.
At each location along the Pilgrimage route reflections, prayers, music and song serve d to inspire participants and highlight the continuity in faith and culture between present and past generations. Choirs from Cashel, Rosegreen and St John the Baptist Girls School led the pilgrims in song. Musicians and dancers from Comhaltas Ceolteoirí Éireann added an enjoyable and distinctively cultural dimension. Thomas Grogan’s inspired singing of Panis Angelicus on the Rock was a highlight of the Pilgrimage.
All who participated in the Cashel & Rosegreen Parish Eucharistic Pilgrimage were moved by the experience. The Pilgrimage ensured that the memory and the message of the 50h International Eucharistic Congress will live on in Cashel in years to come. Buíochas ó chroí to all who planned and participated in this memorable event.