Corpus Christi Mass & Procession
This coming Sunday we observe the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, commonly known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. First instituted in Liege, Belgium in the early 11th century, the feast was extended to the whole church by Pope Urban IV in 1264, and its observance universally mandated by Pope Clement V.
In these times when belief in the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist seems to be lower than it has ever been, and the incidence of profanation of the Most Blessed Sacrament through direct and indirect sacrilege as high as it has ever been, we must turn all the more to the consoling presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist to adore, to make reparation, seek grace, and to find healing.
At the conclusion of Holy Mass this Sunday, we will have a Eucharistic procession which will go outside (weather permitting), around the church, and back indoors, concluding with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. During the procession, the Litany of reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (promulgated by Pope Leo XIII) and the Litany of the Most Blessed Sacrament (attributed to St. Peter Julian Eymard) will be chanted by the people.