FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2020
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:00 Bishop DiMarzio blessing the faithful at the start of the Procession
:07 Procession video
MASS AND PROCESSION TODAY TO HONOR OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
COVID-19 Cancels Traditional Williamsburg Feast and Giglio Lift, But Not Faith
A mass in English and Italian will take place today, Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 12 p.m. to celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Patron Saint of the parish church located at 275 N. 8th Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. A procession will follow at the conclusion of the mass at 1:00 p.m.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, Pastor of Brooklyn’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, earlier this week presided over a virtual celebration of the annual Williamsburg tradition, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, on the first of what was scheduled to be two Giglio Sundays. The event, broadcast on Facebook from the parish hall, was watched live by 63,000 people.
At today’s Mass, Monsignor Gigantiello will offer prayers to Our Lady of Mount Carmel for her continued watch over the parish and protection of its people, and for those lost to the Coronavirus. He is also hopeful that this will be the first and last time the feast will be canceled and the Giglio Sunday celebrations conducted virtually.
“This is the first time in seventy-five years the Giglio will not rise, the first time in the lifetime of many people, that the feast will not take place and the Giglio not lifted. The feast has taken place in Brooklyn for more than one hundred years, and is very much a part of our faith community and summer in New York,” said Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello.
Members of the media are invited and welcome to attend.
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