A Divine Liturgy is celebrated annually at the Basilica of St. Ann, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The annual novena to St. Ann draws thousands of faithful pilgrims from July 17 through July 26, the feast day of St. Ann on the Latin calendar (July 25 : Dormition of St. Ann on Eastern rite Calendar). Novena week is observed with multiple daily Roman Catholic Masses and daily novena prayer services with inspirational preaching. Each year for four decades, a Byzantine Catholic Liturgy has also been featured.
The Bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic, New Jersery presides at the Divine Liturgy with area priests and deacons as concelebrants, and altar servers and choir members assisting. The photos seen below are a sample of the annual event, taken at the 2018 Liturgy with Bishop Kurt Burnett as the main celebrant. The Passionist preachers for the 2018 novena were Rev. Don Ware, C.P. and Rev. Michael Rowe, C.P.. The Rev. Don Ware, C.P. is pictured below with Bishop Kurt.
Photos appear in sequential order including: the great incensing of the church and faithful, chanting of litanies, the Epistle and Gospel readings, homily, singing of the Nicene Creed, the Anaphora (Eucharistic prayers) and Epiclesis (consecration of the Holy Eucharist), and following the Liturgy were the closing with novena prayers and blessing with relic of St. Ann.
† For a description of the history of the Divine Liturgy during St. Ann novena week: click here.
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