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Day 1: Come Holy Spirit!

NEW HAVEN, May 18 — The Seton Route of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage officially launched with the Vigil Mass of Pentecost at St. Mary's Church of Blessed Michael McGivney Parish in New Haven, Connecticut.

Archbishop Christopher Coyne of Hartford celebrated the Vigil Mass accompanied by Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt, senior priests of the Archdiocese of Hartford, pastor Fr. Ryan Lerner of Bl. Michael McGivney Parish and Fr. Roger Landry, chaplain to the Seton Route.

St. Mary's Church was packed for the Pentecost Vigil Mass, which, like the Easter Vigil, features an extended liturgy of the word with four Old Testament Readings, Psalms and accompanying prayers, before a New Testament and Gospel reading.

Archbishop Coyne in his homily underlined he connection between the Holy Spirit and the Holy Eucharist and urged pilgrims to recognize that as they accompany the Eucharistic Lord Jesus along their journey to remember that they are accompanied by the Holy Spirit.

Following the Mass, there was a mile-long Eucharistic Procession in the area around St. Mary's Church, which includes the campus of Yale University. The procession took place under a light drizzle. After the conclusion of the procession, there was a Eucharistic Holy Hour in St. Mary's followed by Eucharistic adoration throughout the night until 7:00 am on Sunday.

The pilgrims began the day with Mass at 7:30 am in the chapel of St. Mary's Rectory where they were staying, followed by a mini-recollection focused on the missionary dimension of their pilgrimage.

After that, they went to the Blessed Michael McGivney PIlgrimage Center for a talk by pilgrimage chaplain Fr. Roger Landry on "The Christian Life as a Eucharistic PIlgrimage" and the blessing of their support van and trailer.

READY TO GO — Perpetual Pilgrims together with Hartford Archbishop Christopher Coyne before the celebration of the Vigil Mass of Pentecost that was the official beginning of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage Seton Route. From left to right: Father Roger Landry, Marina Frattaroli, Zoe Dongas, Natalie Garza, Archbishop Christopher Coyne, Amayrani Higueldo, Dominic Carstens and Christoph Bernas.


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