All-Night Vigil for Life at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Shrine in NYC
Our thanks to Mr Teddy Thongratnachat, one of our regular photopost contributors, for sending these photographs and the description of the ceremonies recently held at the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Mt Carmel in New York City, as a part of a prayer vigil for Nascent Life.
At 4 am on Saturday, June 24, a small bonfire was blessed according to the rite given in the Rituale Romanum, in front of the shrine’s entrance on 116th St. The blessing was originally planned for 4:30, but an impeding thunderstorm forced it to be done earlier; fortunately, the skies were clear for most to gather outside, while a few members of the congregation remained inside the Church before the Blessed Sacrament. After the blessing, the faithful lit their candles while the hymn Ut queant laxis was sung.
After the concluding prayers, the faithful returned to the Shrine for the closing Procession, Benediction and Sung Mass for the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, beginning at 5 a.m.