Thursday, June 3, 2010
Feast of Corpus Christi
From the About.com article, Corpus Christi, by Scott Richert:
For centuries after the celebration was extended to the universal Church, the feast was also 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, this practice has almost disappeared, though some parishes still hold a brief procession around the outside of the parish church.
I never went on a procession until we started attending the traditional Mass. Before then, my only experience had been through a story in an old Catholic book for children. In it, a procession awakens a vocation to the priesthood in a young boy. That story had a profound effect on me--so much that I asked our pastor if we could not have a procession. I was surprised completely by his reply, "No, we can't do that. Not everyone in this town is Catholic!"
All I could think was, "Well, they might be, if we had regular processions."
I don't know if any of the onlookers in our parish have been converted, but as we wend our way through the old rundown neighborhood behind our church, I see them stop what they are doing to watch us go by. They hear us singing the ancient, other worldly music, and I know that we have given them a beautiful gift.
Photo Credit: St. Marys Academy and College Online Yearbook