May 27, 2015

A look at the 2015 Feast of Our Lady of the Audience, Kansas City, Missouri

Evviva Maria!
Photos courtesy of Robert Kearney
Thank you Robert for sharing with us your wonderful pictures of this year's Feast of Our Lady of the Audience (May 24th). Each year devotees gather at Holy Rosary Church in Kansas City, Missouri to celebrate the Feast of the Madonna dell'Udienza, patroness of Sambuca, Sicily. Festivities included live music, refreshments and the highly anticipated rose petal shower, where celebrants ritually wipe the face and arms of the Blessed Mother and Child with cotton balls and rose petals. 
The procession circles Holy Rosary Church
The church was packed for the celebration
After Mass, the statue is brought out to the expectant crowd
Devotees wipe the statue with cotton balls and rose petals
Afterward, celebrants enjoy some music and refreshments in the church hall
Also see:
A look at the 2014 Feast of Our Lady of the Audience, Kansas City, Missouri
A look at the 2013 Feast of Our Lady of the Audience, Kansas City, Missouri