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2013 Procession and Sagra set to be really special
It’s a special year for the Italian community as St. Peter’s Church celebrates its 150th anniversary. A wide range of events have already been held to celebrate this special occasion.
One of the most important is going to be the annual procession and Sagra on the 21st of July.
Sua eccellenza Antonio Mennini and the Nunzio apostolico are expected to take part in the procession but their presence has still to be confirmed.
We spoke with Peter Bertoncini about the preparation of the floats and the novelties of this year.
Peter told us that being this year St. Peter’s anniversary the floats will be inspired by the statues and the paintings in the Church.
We also know from Michele Morena that the Sagra will be bigger and even more magnificent this year. The stalls, providing typical regional Italian products will be inspired by the colours of the Italian flag and for the first time there will be a DJ and it will be possible to dance in the area.
The first float will be St. Vincent and the Apostolate and it will be inspired by Fr.Vincent Pallotti who informed Pius IX of the project for a Church for the Italians in London. The Pope not only supported the idea, but wanted the Church to be dedicated to St. Peter and built in a way that could accommodate people of other nationalities.
The second float, “Annuciazione” will be inspired by the painting behind the altar.
The third, the “Sacra famiglia” will take inspiration from the “altare di san Giuseppe”.
The forth, “The fisher of men” will represent the fresco in the central nave.
The fifth, “La pieta” will be inspired by the statue in the rear of the church.
The sixth, “La Madonna del Rosario” will represent the big painting in one of the naves.
The volunteers are already working on the preparation of the floats. As Peter Bertoncini told us this year there will be more work involved because new material must be used for the backgrounds of the floats and costumes.
Even though every year it gets more difficult to organize the procession for the authorisations needed, the robust group of volunteers who have been committed to the procession and sagra for many years will dedicate their energies and their free time to this joyful important event, which implies at least 14 full days of work plus meetings and other commissions.
We thank all the people involved in this historical manifestation which also represents a commemoration for the history of the Anglo-Italian community itself.
Provisional Order of Procession 2013
1 The Cross of Peace
3 Float San Vincenzo Pallotti and the worldwide apostolate
4 San Francesco & Santa Caterina - Patron Saints of Italy
5 Italian regional costumes
6 Assoc Consorelle del Sacro Cuore
7 Statue Santa Franca
8 Assoc Piacenza Insieme
9 Assoc Aylesbury Italians
10 Statue Madonna del Soccorso
11 Assoc Sutton, Croydon and Epsom with Sant’ Antonio
12 Float The Annunciation
13 Assoc Lucchesi nel Mondo
14 Statue Sant’ Antonio
15 Assoc Parmigiani Val Ceno
16 Assoc Parmigiani Val Taro
18 Statue Madonna di Fatima
19 Assoc Luton and Dunstable
20 Statue Santa Lucia
21 Float The Holy Family
22 Statue Madonna Nera
23 The Four Evangelists
24 Statue Madonna dei Miracoli di Mussomeli
25 Assoc Enfield, Hoddesdon, Ponders End, Waltham Cross,
26 Walton on Thames & Woking
27 Float The Fisher of Men
28 Statue San Calogero
29 Entry into Jerusalem
30 Statue San Francesco di Paola
31 Assoc. Madonna della Neve
32 The Way of the Cross
33 Statue San Michele
34 Assoc Birmingham
35 Float The Pieta
36 Statue Santa Rita
37 Gruppo di Preghiera di Padre Pio
38 Christ with the First Communicants
39 Assoc St Peter's Youth Club
40 Assoc Teams from the O.G.I.
41 Float Madonna del Rosario
42 Ethnic Chaplaincies
43 Confratelli del SS Sacramento
44 The Papal Nunzio and clergy
45 Float Our Lady of Mount Carmel
46 Religious sisters