Eucharist for the worshippers of Recco
Eucharistic celebration at the altar of St John the Good
The most evocative and popular rite of Palm Sunday (this year on 2 April) is undoubtedly the Blessing and Procession of Olives and Palms, presided over in the Duomo by the Archbishop.
The procession begins at the side altar dedicated to St John the Good, who was Bishop of Milan at a particularly difficult time in the history of the Milanese Church. In fact, when in 569, with the invasion of the Lombards, the Bishops of Milan went into voluntary exile in Genoa, it was precisely St John the Good - according to the tradition of Recco, in the province of Genoa - who, in the mid-7th century, brought the bishopric back to Milan.
Because of these historical links, according to tradition, on the Thursday before Palm Sunday, a delegation from the Parish and Municipality of Recco goes to Milan to offer the successor of their illustrious fellow citizen palm and olive branches, a festive sign of Easter peace.
The celebration, presided over this year by the Archpriest of the Cathedral, Monsignor Gianantonio Borgonovo, is scheduled for Thursday 30 March, at 9.30am at the altar of St John the Good and is open to all the worshippers.