Monday, May 31, 2010

Corpus Christi Procession Omaha, Nebraska

You are invited to walk with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in the St. Peter Church 5th Annual Corpus Christi Procession, Sunday, June 6, 2010 (the Feast of Corpus Christi) at 2:30 p.m..

What a great oppurtunity to put your faith into action by walking with Our Lord through the streets, as a witness to His true presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament. 

For more information please see
St Peter's website here.

The Corpus Christi Procession: a Catholic Tradition

Processing through the community with the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ is a venerable Church tradition. The procession is an outward demonstration of Catholic faith and belief in the real presence of the risen Christ, under the appearance of the Consecrated Host.

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi was introduced in the late 13th century to honor Our Lord's institution of the Holy Eucharist. It is believed Corpus Christi processions date back to the 14th century. They are still held on the Feast of Corpus Christi throughout the world, often with the regal splendor and rich traditions of years past.

The procession is made up of clergy, Catholic groups and organizations, and lay people and their families. Children in First Communion dress traditionally strew flower petals in front of the transported Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist is held in a processional monstrance carried by a priest or bishop. The monstrance itself is protected by a decorated canopy.

In his Apostolic Letter Mane nobiscum Domine, Pope John Paul II urged all Catholics to participate in Corpus Christi processions as a public profession of their faith in the real presence of Christ in the Holy Sacrament.

I hope to see all who are able to show their support for St. Peter's, the community, and most especially our blessed Lord.

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