A record number of participants - including many young families - turned out to join a St Helens tradition on Sunday afternoon.
The annual St Helens Family Rosary Procession attracted over 200 people and took place under sunny Autumnal skies.
Led by the new Archbishop of Liverpool Most Rev Malcolm McMahon and St Helens mayor Geoff Pearl, together with Holy Cross’ new parish priest Fr Sean Riley, the procession wound its way along a new route up Church Street, Ormskirk Street, Cotham Street, via the Town Hall Piazza to Corporation Street and Parade Street, arriving at Holy Cross and St Helen church.
During the procession, decades of the Holy Rosary were recited for a number of intentions - local, national and international, including the family, youth, sanctity of life from conception to natural death, relief of unemployment, relief from disease and famine and the progression of the Sainthood causes for Passionists Blessed Dominic Barberi and Mother Elizabeth Prout, both of whom are buried at Sutton.
A particular intention this year was for peace in the Middle East, especially Syria, Iraq and the Holy Land.
October is seen as a special month of devotion through the Rosary to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The St Helens Annual Family Rosary Procession, which is now in its 54th year, always takes place on the first Sunday of October, which is known as Rosary Sunday.
The organisers would like to thank participants for their continuing presence and express their gratitude to St John Ambulance and St Helens police for their support of this St Helens tradition.
Next year’s will take place on Sunday, October 4, with the service taking place at a Lowe House church.
g More pictures from the annual St Helens Family Rosary Procession on our website, sthelensreporter.co.uk