The Saint Anthony of Padua procession took place on Sunday, June 10, 2012, with the statue leaving from Saint Leonard Church to be blessed throughout the streets of Boston’s North End. For four hours, the statue of Saint Anthony was carried on the shoulders of dedicated worshipers accompanied by the music of the North End Marching Band.

June 13th marks the death of Saint Anthony and is recognized as the Feast of Saint Anthony in the Roman Catholic Church. A Saint Anthony Feast Mass was held at the Sacred Heart Church, North Square, on June 12, 2012. Saint Leonard Church also distributed Saint Anthony bread and oil on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. For those curious, the Saint Anthony Society will also put on the Saint Anthony’s Feast later this summer on August 24-26, 2012.

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See the North End Feast Schedule for all the dates of processions and feasts.

The photo gallery below shows Sunday’s procession of the statue of Saint Anthony of Padua. Click on the images to enlarge them. Photos by Matt Conti.