Holy Tuesday: Priests from across NH gather at St. Joseph Cathedral

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MANCHESTER, NH – A steady breeze turned Holy Tuesday into a wind-swept spectacle on Pine Street, as a procession of Catholic priests from across New Hampshire made their way into St. Joseph Cathedral to bless the oils used in the sacraments throughout the year, their cream-colored robes swirling with the wind.

Bishop Peter Libasci of the Diocese of Manchester, welcomed the cavalcade of priests, holding his staff in his left hand and greeting them with a wave of his right hand.  At one point toward the end of the procession, Libasci said, “Santa Claus only had eight tiny reindeer; look what I got,” as the priests, representing parishes across the state, filed past him and into the Cathedral.

Libasci explains the gathering at 1:20 in the video above, one of many Holy Week rituals observed by NH Catholics leading up to Easter.

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