Despite the oppressive heat and thunderstorm, devotees to the popular Saint Anthony paid their respects on the traditional June 13th Feast Day. An outdoor Mass was held at the Saint Leonard’s Peace Garden on Hanover Street followed by a candlelit procession through Boston’s North End.
The outdoor Mass and procession included the Franciscan Friars, First Communion children, devotees and Italian American Band. The event incorporated traditions from the religious processions in Italy and the North End’s past.
Saint Anthony bread, holy oil, blessed lilies and procession candles were available throughout the day in Saint Leonard’s Peace Garden.
June 13th marks the death of Saint Anthony and is recognized as the Feast of Saint Anthony in the Roman Catholic Church. 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.