In advance of this week’s Feast Day, the Saint Anthony of Padua procession took place on Sunday with the statue leaving from Saint Leonard Church to be honored throughout the streets of Boston’s North End. Over 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. At the end of the procession, a Blessing of the Children was given at Saint Leonard Church.
June 13th marks the death of Saint Anthony and is recognized as the Feast of Saint Anthony in the Roman Catholic Church. For those curious, the Saint Anthony Society will also put on the larger Saint Anthony’s Feast during the last weekend of August.
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. Photos by Matt Conti. Click on any image to start a full screen slideshow. High resolution gallery here.