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The day could not have been more perfect for a pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin to pray for the restoration of Christendom on the Vigil of Pentecost. The day began early as pilgrims made the morning walk along the picturesque Ice Age Trail to the grounds of Holy Hill. There they were met by hundreds more having traveled from Milwaukee, Wausau, Green Bay, Chicago, Rockford, Hammond, and everywhere in between as they processed through the peaceful grounds of Holy Hill, carrying banners, praying the Most Holy Rosary, and singing hymns in praise our the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Divine Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The procession concluded as the crowd of pilgrims together with the clergy and seminarians of the Institute entered under the tent prepared for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass amidst the chanting of Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat! As the sacred ministers vested and the final preparations for the ceremony were made, the faithful knelt in prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary, imploring that through her intercession, all present would indeed receive the graces of the Holy Ghost on this Vigil of Pentecost.

Around 400 people rose as the bell rang and the clergy entered to begin. As the cooling breeze blew through the sunny fields, the sweet scent of bellowing incense swept through the tent. The Gospel proclaimed, the Institute's U.S. Provincial Superior, Canon Matthew Talarico, addressed the pilgrims before beginning his sermon, thanking all those who had made this pilgrimage possible and inviting all present to place their intentions, families, worries and cares at the feet of Our Lady, Mary Immaculate.

Canon Talarico continued by preaching on the rich history and symbolism of the very structure under which God would soon be present in the Most Holy Eucharist there in the fields. Throughout salvation history, God establishes His tent among those He loves, and He bids us to take refuge under its shade to dwell with Him in charity. He went on to explain that the very Latin word tabernaculum means "tent," and that Jesus Christ our God awaits our visit in the Tabernacle of every Catholic church. Additionally, because it was the Blessed Virgin Mary who first contained Jesus Christ within her as His true Mother, she is indeed the Tabernacle of God by the power of the Holy Ghost! Canon Talarico concluded by encouraging all present to seek shelter under the impervious tent of Mary Immaculate's maternal mantle. "Offer to her and for her," he said, "little acts of love each day, that as our Mother, she may keep us close, for in the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph."

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ended in the Presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament exposed in the monstrance, and the sacred rites were concluded with the solemn consecration of the Institute of Christ the King to the Immaculate Conception followed by Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Divine Praises.

The afternoon concluded with a cookout and picnic, where pilgrims were able to enjoy fraternal time together under the beautiful May sky and meet other faithful from around the region. Filled with the blessings of the extraordinary day, families then departed for home ready to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost.

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