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October 17, 2000


Parishioners from the entire five county Archdiocese of Philadelphia area will come to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on October 22, 2000 to give public witness to their faith in Jesus Christ. The entire Jubilee Year of 2000 is dedicated to the true presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

Sunday, October 22, 2000
5:30 p.m. - Opening Liturgy of Word with Exposition of Blessed Sacrament
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. - Eucharistic Candlelight Procession
Begins at Logan Circle
Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Wednesday, October 18, 2000
6:30 p.m.
Rehearsal for Choir of 1,000 Voices
and 200 member Orchestra
Cardinal O'Hara High School
Route 320
Springfield, Delaware County

Parishioners will line the Parkway as a mobile platform processes from Logan Circle to Bingswanger Triangle near the Philadelphia Museum of Art and then returns to the area near the war memorials (see attached). There will be an altar on the mobile platform that will carry the Blessed Sacrament (the consecrated bread when it becomes the Body of Jesus Christ). Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will preside from the platform as it is escorted by approximately 4,000 people (see attached), including representatives bearing food for the hungry, the result of an Archdiocesan wide food drive. There will be three stations where the platform will stop for liturgies (twenty minutes each). The parishioners lining the Parkway will be able to hear all of the services through amplification systems.

Facts about the Eucharistic Candlelight Procession:
25 to30,000 parishioners expected to attend from five counties
400 buses ordered
Choir of 1,000 Voices from parishes, religious communities and high schools
Blessed Sacrament will be on a 40 foot flatbed. It will be escorted by parish representatives (two from each parish), clergy, religious superiors, seminarians and high school representatives.
A sacred vessel called a monstrance will hold the Blessed Sacrament
Eucharist means "Thanksgiving"

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Choir of 1,000 Voices rehearses (Choir located on Logan Circle along with 200 member orchestra)
3:00 p.m. Parkway closes
4:00 p.m. Choir of 1,000 Voices resumes singing
5:30 p.m. Opening liturgy begins in the Cathedral (approximately 20 minutes)
5:50 p.m. Those accompanying mobile platform take places
6:15 p.m. Candles are lighted; Procession begins
7:45 p.m. Procession concludes

Procession will travel down the inbound lane of the Parkway to Eakin's Oval, around Eakins Oval to Binswanger Triangle
First Station: Liturgy will take place between the South Korea and Ivory Coast flags (between 22nd and 23rd Streets)
Second Station: Liturgy will take place between the New Zealand and Netherlands flags (between 21st and 22nd Streets)
Third Station (Conclusion): Liturgy will take place between the Puerto Rico and Denmark Flags (between 20th and 21st Streets)

Media Locations:
Opening liturgy in Cathedral: An audio/video feed will be provided at the mult-box location in the Archdiocesan parking lot. A Communications Staff member will be available to assist. You will need a BNC connector and a recording deck. Television cameras will not be allowed in the Cathedral but reporters and still cameras will be allowed.
Media Riser at Logan Circle will have mult-box and power source
Media Riser at Binswanger Triangle will have mult-box and power source
Media Riser between 20th and 21st Streets will not have mult-box or power
Media Riser between 21st and 22nd Streets will not have mult-box or power

Wednesday, October 18th at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County
Kindly contact Donna Crilley in the Office for Communications (215-587-3747)
if you plan to attend
Contacts at Rehearsal are Rev. Msgr. John Marine, Vicar for Montgomery County and Rev. Thomas Smith, Vicar for Delaware County

Donna Crilley
Broadcast and Media Specialist

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