By: Mariann Hughes, Office of Communications
While a sea of balloons floating over a football field filled with children may sound like a scene from the movie “Up,” it was actually for a much more poignant and touching reason that several hundred assembled at Pope John Paul the Great High School, Dumfries, on May 1.
In honor of the beatification of Blessed Pope John Paul II, faithful from across the Diocese of Arlington gathered for an evening including a Eucharistic procession with Bishop Paul S. Loverde presiding, a Global Living Rosary, two homilies and beautiful singing.
A large Rosary was arranged around the football field, with large colored balloons representing each Rosary bead. Each decade was color-coded to symbolize a different continent and the students stationed under each “bead” prayed the first part of the “Hail Mary” in a different language, while the congregation responded in English.
Take a moment to enjoy the photos below of this evening honoring Blessed Pope John Paul II. It was one of three lead-up events to the diocesan pilgrimage on Oct. 8 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. And be sure to attend the last remaining lead-up event at St. Michael’s, Annandale, on Sept. 11. The events are coordinated in partnership with Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade.