On Palm Sunday, the Italian town of Gargano invoked Saint Michael the Archangel against the coronavirus with a procession of priests carrying the sword from his statue. Usually, the archangel’s sword is taken out of its reliquary just once a year, on his feast day, the twenty-ninth of September, but this year’s virus crisis prompted urgent prayers. The sword was carried in procession along with the Blessed Sacrament and a relic of the Holy Cross (a gift brought back by a Crusader in 1228) through the southern Italian town.
I think it was a great idea although, I have to admit, I'm more than a bit disappointed by the length of the archangel, Michael's sword. I had presumed it would be a lot more impressive.