Corpus Christi Procession

Corpus Christi Procession - June 22, 2019

St. Gerald Parish will host its eighth annual Corpus Christi procession, Saturday, June 22, 2019 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Lakeview Chapel, 7800 Lakeview Street in Ralston. The procession is less than one mile long and has three stops for prayer and Benediction. The procession will return to the Lakeview Chapel for a final Benediction service. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. All are welcome to join us in witnessing our faith and bringing Jesus to the wider community!

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. The Solemnity of Corpus Christi was introduced in the late 13th century to honor Our Lord's institution of the Most 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 lead the procession. The Most Holy Eucharist is held in a processional monstrance carried by a bishop, priest or deacon. The monstrance itself is protected by a decorated canopy.

In his Apostolic Letter Mane nobiscum Domine, Saint 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 Most Holy Sacrament.

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