Liverpool takes to the streets in droves for Marian procession

Over 500 people took part in Liverpool’s biggest Marian procession in decades on Saturday May 30.

Liverpool’s Archbishop Malcolm McMahon and Sisters from the Missionaries of Charity, the congregation founded by Mother Teresa, led children who had made their First Holy Communion through the city, stopping several times to sing a hymn and to say the rosary.

Organiser Jim Ross said the procession was “a joy”, and that people stopped to watch, unable to believe that “hymns were being sung on the streets of Liverpool”.

Such processions, once common in the city, died out in the 1960s and 1970s. 50 people took part in the first revived procession five years ago, and numbers have since risen, with this year’s 500 being more than double those who took part last year. 

The procession ended with a reception, at which each child was given a commemorative card and 250 sets of rosary beads were distributed.