MGS Ministry Update 10.1.16: When Traffic Stopped for Jesus!

by Kaitlyn Mason

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Traffic certainly stopped for Jesus when he entered the streets of Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, on a day we now call Palm Sunday.  But did you know that traffic stopped for Jesus when he entered the streets of Charlotte, NC just the other day?

On September 9th and 10th, Charlotte, NC held the 2016 Eucharistic Congress celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Roads were blocked, traffic was rerouted, and the streets were packed with people waiting to see Jesus!

The Eucharistic Congress is a time when we can come together as Catholics and Christians to celebrate the riches of our Faith.  It’s a time for fellowship, prayer, penance, laughter, dining, learning, growing, and celebrating together!

It’s always amazing to watch as thousands of people descend upon the Charlotte Convention Center to celebrate Jesus.  I say this, and I’ve only experienced this twice.  But – BOTH times I experienced the Charlotte Eucharistic Congress were incredible!

Watching the Eucharistic Procession come through the large “elephant doors” of the Convention Center is just plain awesome.  The procession is like a huge parade comprised of Jesus, the bishop, priests, deacons, nuns, rows of children in First Communion attire, the sound of bells, the sight of incense, joyful singing in different languages, strollers, babies, youth, parents, grandparents, and so many smiling faces!

What a blessing to witness this little piece of Heaven.  What a privilege to be a part of this celebration, on a sunny day in 2016, when traffic stopped for Jesus.

Our Mary Garden Showers ministry had a booth again this year, and we were extremely humbled and grateful to be featured in the 2016 Eucharistic Congress highlight video put together by the Catholic News Herald.

You can watch this video and see Jesus entering the streets of Charlotte here.

The lovely Mrs. Serena Boykin, co-director of Mary Garden Showers, explains the work of our ministry just after the 2 minute mark, with help from a couple of cute kids!  Enjoy!

P.S.  God is merciful and He loves you!  Pass it on…

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