Italian tradition takes to the streets in Brooklyn
by Andrew Pavia
Sep 12, 2012 | 564 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brooklyn’s first Italian Roman Catholic parish, Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen Church, hosted the people of Mola di Bari, Italy, as they honored the feast of their hometown patron saint with a traditional Italian street procession and mass.

At the 64th Annual procession, a statue of Our Lady of Sorrows was carried through the streets of Carroll Gardens as a drummer led the way.

English took a back seat on Sunday, as Italian was the primary language spoken. The language of the “Old Country” could be heard by the neighborhood from a loud speaker, as a woman with a microphone prayed the Rosary.

The event also served to remember the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

“The image of the Blessed Mother is an example to us all of the pain and suffering felt when we lose someone we love in a sudden and violent way,” said John Heyer, one of the event's organizers. “She shows us that it is appropriate to mourn while at the same time never losing our faith, an important lesson to remember on the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.”

Following the procession, a mass was celebrated by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.

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