Corpus Christi 2018

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Procession Following 11 AM Mass

It was a gorgeous day for the Corpus Christi procession today following the 11 AM mass. It was a bit breezy, so the Ladies Auxiliary members that setup the Knights & Ladies tables, had to be creative to keep things from blowing over. The Knights formed an honor guard, and led the procession to the four stations set around the driveway in front of the church. Here are some pictures and videos from the procession as well as Father Gregg’s remarks from the bulletin.


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Today we celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christi. The feast of Corpus Christi is one time when our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is exposed not just to faithful Catholics but to all the world. This is a time when Catholics can show their love for Christ in the Real Presence by honoring Him in a very public way. It is also a wonderful way in which we can show our love for our neighbors by bringing Our Lord closer to them.

 
The feast of Corpus Christi was established in 1246 by Bishop Robert de Thorte of Liege, Belgium at the suggestion of St. Juliana of Mont Carvillon. Saint Juliana looked upon the Holy Eucharist with great reverence, and desired to have a feast within the Church devoted specifically to its honor. On September 8, 1264, Pope Urban IV issued the papal bull “Transiturus,” which established the Feast of Corpus Christi as a universal feast of the Church, to be celebrated on the Thursday following the Most Holy Trinity Sunday. At the request of Pope Urban IV, St. Thomas Aquinas composed the office (the official prayers of the Church) for the feast.

 
For centuries after the celebration was extended to the universal Church, the feast was celebrated with a Eucharistic procession, in which the Sacred Host was carried throughout the town, accompanied by hymns and litanies. The faithful would venerate the Body of Christ as the procession passed by. In recent years, in many parts of the world this practice has almost disappeared, though some parishes – like ours – still hold a procession around the outside of the parish church.

 
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the whole Christian life. The feast of Corpus Christi is truly a beautiful celebration of Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist. The Church honors the Eucharistic Lord as one body, and does so joyfully, solemnly, and publicly. When the Eucharist is carried through the streets in a solemn procession, the Christian people give public witness of their faith and devotion toward the sacrament of the Eucharist. Our public display of faith and the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist may attract people who see the procession and invite them to join into closer communion with Christ.

 
God bless.
Fr. Gregg