My wife and I and the remaining children went to pre-Walk Mass at the Cathedral. It was packed. Since the Cathedral seats about 2,500, and there was a large crowd standing in the back and sides, I’d guess at least 3,000. Over a dozen bishops showed up, including the Papal Nuncio, who flew in after the DC rally. I love our bishops. Seriously, after 40 years in a collective coma and after the horrible scandals, and after the ‘chronological solution’ started to kick in, they seem to be finally stepping up.
Archbishop Cordileone celebrated, big choir, quite a procession with all the bishops. Very beautiful and holy (and I’m not even going to say ‘despite the church building’. Oh. Oops.). Archbishop Cordileone gave a somewhat sombre yet hopeful homily. Love that guy.
Had to leave early from the rally itself (first day of my Greek class! Woohoo!) but took a couple shots of the crowd:
Couldn’t get a vantage point to see the whole crowd – this is just a fraction. I’d say I could see a minimum of 10,000, and I could see only some fraction.
In the second picture, some Franciscans (I think) were working with one of the 3 camera crews on hand – 2 from EWTN. Somehow CNN, NBC, etc. missed it. Crummy luck, I guess.
Time for us to focus on being faithful and letting God do His thing.