Divine Mercy had a drive-in this past Sunday. As Catholics across the U.S. cannot “dine in” at the Eucharistic Feast, some parishes have opted to provide “take out” of God’s love in the form of holy hours and blessings in church parking lots.
At St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Clayton, North Carolina, around 250 vehicles arrived by 3 p.m., the hour of mercy, for a “Divine Mercy Drive-In Holy Hour.”
Organizers told the Register that the Catholic liturgy was literally proclaimed from the rooftop – in both Spanish and English – from St. Ann’s parish Learning Center so all could see and hear. The faithful stayed in their cars as instructed, as the holy hour proceeded, which included the singing of hymns and a Liturgy of the Word. Two Passionist priests, Father Peter Grace and Father Hector Rangel Galván, delivered reflections respectively in English and Spanish.
During the bilingual singing of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Father Philip Johnson brought the Blessed Sacrament in procession throughout the parking lot, passing by the vehicles in attendance.
“Emotions ran high and many of the faithful burst into tears as Jesus passed by their families,” organizers told the Register via email.
The holy hour ended with solemn benediction, and after the Blessed Sacrament was returned to the Tabernacle, the faithful were invited to “honk their horns in praise of the Risen Jesus who has walked among us.”
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