Rome, Italy, May 7, 2020 / 08:30 am
A Eucharistic blessing of the city of Rome has been offered each day from the doorstep of Rome's largest Marian basilica as coronavirus measures restricted the public from attending Masses.
The daily Eucharistic procession and benediction takes place in the Papal Basilica of St. Mary Major immediately following a livestreamed Mass at 11 a.m. local time from the chapel containing the Marian icon Salus Populi Romani, Mary Protection of the Roman People.
"The cardinal archpriest, all the canons, priests and religious of this basilica wish to give testimony to the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Doctor and Medicine for humanity tried by this pandemic," states a caption for the video of a benediction from the loggia on March 21.
As Rome entered phase two of coronavirus restrictions this week, more people have been able to witness the Eucharistic procession and blessing in person. In the second phase of Italy's lockdown, which began May 4, residents are allowed to exercise and go for walks in the city with facemasks.