Thousands expected to join second outdoor mass of Int’l Eucharistic Congress

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(File photo) After the outdoor mass, a grand procession will follow, starting from the Capitol building to Plaza Independencia, where the opening mass was also held on Sunday (January 24).

Cebu City (CNN Philippines) Thousands of devotees will gather outside the historic Cebu Provincial Capitol for the second outdoor mass of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) on Friday (January 29).

The mass starts at 4 p.m.

At 1 p.m., authorities will close the entire stretch of Osmeña Boulevard all the way to Fuente Osmeña Circle, as pilgrims are expected to occupy a major portion of it. Authorities have warned motorists to expect traffic congestion as the move is similar to closing down EDSA in Metro Manila.

After the mass, there will be a grand procession during which the gold-plated brass monstrance custom-made for the IEC will accompany devotees on a float.

The procession begins from the Capitol building to Plaza Independencia, which is about a 3-kilometer walk.

Organizers expect the procession to end by 8 p.m.

Watch: International Eucharistic Congress: More than an obligation and a ritual

On Friday morning, Abuja Archbishop John Cardinal Onaiyekan and Bombay Archbishop Oswald Cardinal Gracias talked about the Eucharist at the Congress Pavilion.

Related: A look at the International Eucharistic Congress Pavilion

The IEC will end on Sunday (January 31).

CNN Philippines’ Isabella Montano and Cebu-based journalist Dale Israel contributed to this report.