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National Eucharistic Pilgrimage journeys begin on Pentecost, inviting torrents of grace on US

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage journeys begin on Pentecost, inviting torrents of grace on US

LAKE ITASCA, Minn. (OSV News) — An unassuming stream — just 18 feet across — pours forth from Lake Itasca, forming the start of the Mississippi River’s winding flow down 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. At this very point among the Northern Minnesota pines, Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens held high a golden monstrance on the afternoon of May 19, tracing the sign of the cross over the waters and the people gathered — a humble gesture pleading for a mighty river of grace to flow for the National Eucharistic Revival.

Was there a total solar eclipse when Jesus died?

Was there a total solar eclipse when Jesus died?

In Luke 23:44-45 of the New American Bible Revised Edition — the Bible translation heard at U.S. Catholic Masses — the verses explicitly refer to a solar eclipse preceding Jesus’ death: “It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun.”