Reviving traditions is always difficult especially when there is no previous experience to call on so we've decided to keep things simple this year. Although it's an option in the Caeremoniale Episcoporum, we've decided not to set up altars en route and Benediction will be given at the end back in Church. The plan is to see how things go this year and then to work on improving it in years to come.
Why revive this traditional devotion now? Partly, I suppose, to help create a wider Catholic identity in our deanery. Most of us have busy parishes and we can get so taken up with looking after our own parishes that we forget to do things together. This is a shame because it is only by doing things together that we build up confidence and friendship with each other and develop a sense of common purpose. When we have strong deanery collaboration priests will be happy to call on each other for help and support whenever needed.
Another reason for reviving the tradition is that it is important for the lay faithful to appreciate that the Church is wider than their own particular parish. Just as Word Youth Day can be an incredible boost to young people so the common witness to our faith and our Eucharistic devotion can also be a great source of inspiration.
More spiritually, our London streets have become for many places of violence and fear of violence. They need God's love. On Sunday we will carry through those streets "Love Divine all loves excelling". That can only be a blessing for the Balham deanery.