Corpus Christi Procession

Jun 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Yesterday was the Feast of Corpus Christi. In Catholic Churches all over the world, after or before mass, the Holy Eucharist was carried in solemn procession throughout the nave of the church and in many cases throughout the local neighborhood. The Feast of Corpus Christi is a special time where Catholics throughout the world share and publicly express their love of the Holy Eucharist.

Attached are some photographs of the procession of Corpus Christi through Saint Louis, Missouri, led by Archbishop Carlson. These photos are taken from this post at Mark Abeln’s Rome of the West, and are used here by permission.

Corpus Christi Procession. Photo by Mark Abeln.
Corpus Christi Procession. Photo by Mark Abeln

Corpus Christi Procession.  Photo by Mark Abeln.
Corpus Christi Procession. Photo by Mark Abeln

Corpus Christi Procession.  Photo by Mark Abeln.
Corpus Christi Procession. Photo by Mark Abeln

Here is a link to a full description of the procession.

A recent post here asked the question “What’s so great about Catholicism.” If I do say so myself, the Procession of Corpus Christi is one of the many great things.

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  1. Nice. In our (Anglo) Catholic parish, we processed around the church, down the neighborhood street, singing Pange Lingua, and, upon returning to the sanctuary, stopped at the altar in the front yard: “My Lord and my God.”

  2. Great photos, we had a procession at Mater Dei in Irving, Texas! Cradle Catholic but just recently really seeing these processions.

    @ 1 Chris –

    First procession? If so thoughts?

  3. These pictures are really beautiful! Our parish didn’t do a procession, but the neighboring parish did. Next year I hope to take part in it – too cool!

  4. @ rodolfo v. (2)

    First Corpus Christi procession, yes. And, in a certain sense, the most I’ve worshiped Christ in the Eucharist to date (not least in our repeating of St. Thomas’ confession).

    I didn’t want to gush, but it was quite emotional, and the grace of assurance and gratitude was overwhelming—and unexpected.

  5. The first memorable adoration of the Host in my life was when I was serving as subdeacon during a Maundy Thursday service a couple of years ago (at the Cathedral of St. Luke): The priest spontaneously asked the deacon and myself to get ready to genuflect before the altar (being Anglican, such things aren’t prescribed), and we did so, he beating his chest three times. I could barely gather my wits to carry on afterward. We of course eventually processed round to the altar of repose, where I stayed for a good time into the night.

  6. Chris,
    Moving story. My first experience (other than genuflecting and kneeling during mass) of adoration was during a benediction of the Blessed Sacrament with a group of all men. We were singing Pange Lingua. Much focus is put on the real presence in terms of eating, but seeing and worshipping Christ in the sacrament, veiled in incense and singing those words with those men… wow. A slice of heaven. Its one thing to talk about Jesus. But when He’s in the room looking at you in the face the situation changes dramatically.

  7. This was part of our Corpus Christi procession in Syracuse, NY on June 8. I was one of the canopy bearers.

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