BUDAPEST, Hungary (LifeSiteNews) – An awe-inspiring sight appeared in Hungary’s capital last Saturday.
More than 200,000 people joined a Eucharistic Procession into the heart of Budapest during the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress. The Congress took place in Hungary from September 5 to September12.
“I was deeply touched and deeply taken by what happened on Saturday evening,” stated Eduard Habsburg, Hungary’s Ambassador to the Holy See, in an audio commentary he provided to author Dr. Taylor Marshall.
Eucharistic Mega-Procession of 200,000 People in Hungary, Commentary by Eduard Habsburg - YouTube
“That evening hundreds of thousands of Hungarians and guests from all over the world descended into the streets of Budapest and walked in silence and in prayer, in singing, with candles, following the Blessed Sacrament through the center of Budapest as it was done for centuries all over the world, but as … has become very rare nowadays.”
The ambassador explained that as the Holy Eucharist passed by, people would kneel down on the street in reverence. Many Hungarians posted pictures and made comments that displayed how touched they were. One Hungarian wrote, “If God is with us, who can be against us?”
“[Our] country … has just experienced a great, great moment,” Habsburg continued.
“Hungary is under the same threats as many [other] countries: from the threat of secularism, declining numbers of attendance at Church.”
The ambassador predicted that this procession would be the catalyst for the “rebirth of faith … a jumpstart from God” for the people of Hungary.
Although crediting Pope Francis for getting “the entire nation to their feet,” Habsburg explained that the jumper cables were “the power of the Holy Eucharist.
“A whole city has seen what it means to have the Blessed Sacrament on the roads,” he said.
Pope Francis, the first Pope to visit an International Eucharistic Congress since the year 2000, encouraged the participants in his closing homily on September 12 to continue to “make time for adoration.” At the same time, he seemed to criticise shows of piety and confidence in strength.