Feast of Corpus Christi Procession of the Blessed Sacrament: June 6th, 2021

Walk With Us Following the 8:30 AM Mass (at 9:15 AM) Around the Block

We Celebrate

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ

The Feast of Corpus Christi: Sunday, June 6, 2021

 

We Invite You to Join Us As We Walk In Procession

Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament Following 8:30 Mass

 

This Sunday, June 6, 2021, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, also known as 'Feast of Corpus Christi".

Fr. Noel P. Tria, Pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church, will lead us in procession of the Blessed Sacrament around the block of St. Ann's Church following the 8:30 AM Mass (approximately 9:15 AM). We invite you and your family to walk with us! To view the 2020 Eucharistic Procession in Celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi on our Saint Ann Catholic Church, Florence, YouTube Channel, online, click here....

 

Parents, this is an excellent opportunity to share the importance of the Blessed Eucharist with your child(ren) as we celebrate this Feast of Corpus Christi.

 

"What is a Corpus Christi procession?

The Corpus Christi procession, most often held on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, is a “public witness of faith and worship of the Most Blessed Sacrament” (Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside Mass [HCWEOM], n.101). Founded upon the Church’s belief that Jesus becomes substantially present to us in the Eucharist at Mass, the Corpus Christi procession is one of the ways that we express our devotion to Christ (Eucharistic adoration, Forty Hours devotions, and visits to the Blessed Sacrament are some other forms of devotion).

 

A Corpus Christi procession usually begins after the celebration of Mass, at which the host for the procession is consecrated. Placed in a monstrance (a sacred vessel that displays the sacred host to the faithful),the Blessed Sacrament is then carried out of the church and through the streets of the city or neighborhood accompanied by the songs and prayers of the people. Often there are altars decorated along the route where the monstrance is placed and the people are blessed.In this way the Church shows that Christ, here among us, walks with us on our pilgrimage to heaven."

 

"What are the origins of the Corpus Christi Procession?

The Corpus Christi procession and many of the other Eucharistic devotions seem to have begun in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. These devotions responded to a multitude of factors, among which were a greater appreciation and understanding of Christ’s Eucharistic presence and a desire to express this truth outwardly. Influencing the rise in Eucharistic devotions were the visions of an Augustinian nun, Juliana of Liège, in 1209 that indicated an annual celebration devoted to the Body of Christ should be added to the Church’s calendar. In 1264, Pope Urban IV, who had resided in Liège prior to his becoming Pope and was familiar with Juliana’s visions, established the feast of the Body of Christ for the entire Church. St. Thomas Aquinas (d.1274) is said to have composed the liturgical texts for this new feast, as well as the hymns O Salutaris Hostia and Tantum Ergo (which are the last two stanzas of the hymn Pange Lingua) which are still sung today."

 

"What is the relationship of the Corpus Christi procession to the Mass?

The Magisterium today is adamant that the Corpus Christi procession and all other Eucharistic devotions be understood as being rooted in the celebration of the Mass. One basic principle for every Eucharistic

devotion is that they “must have an intrinsic reference to the Eucharistic Sacrifice, or dispose the faithful for its celebration, or prolong the worship which is essential tothat Sacrifice” (Directory on Popular Piety, n.161). The celebration of the Eucharist, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI, “is itself the Church’s supreme act of adoration” (Sacramentum Caritatis, n.66). Seen in this way, Eucharistic devotions and the Mass complement one another and are not in competition with each other."

 

"Why should we participate in the Corpus Christi procession?

“The annual procession on the feast of Corpus Christi...has a special importance and meaning for the pastoral life of the parish or city....When the Eucharist is carried through the street in a solemn procession with singing, the Christian people give public witness of faith and devotion toward the sacrament” (HCWEOM, nos. 101, 102). Says Pope John Paul II, “The devout participation of the faithful in the Eucharistic procession on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ is a grace from the Lord which yearly brings joy to those who take part in it” (Ecclesia de Eucharistia,n.10). He continues: “In the humble signs of bread and wine, changed into the body and blood, Christ walks beside us as our strength and our food for the journey, and he enables us to become, for everyone, witnesses of hope” (n.62).

 

Sources: "Corpus Christi Procession" written by Christopher Carstens. Diocese of LaCrosse.

 

Contact Us:

St. Ann Roman Catholic Church

Fr. Noel P. Tria, Pastor

113 South Kemp Street, Florence, SC 29506 843.661.5012

Barbara A. Lewis, Director of Business Administration

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