Practices and Devotions

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

This day – AKA Corpus Christi, is all about proclaiming and celebrating our belief and faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  This particular feast dates back to the Middle Ages and was joyously celebrated with a procession through the streets with the Eucharist held high in a monstrance visible to all – believers and non-believers alike.  Last year, the National Catholic Register published an article entitled “Corpus Christi Processions are Making a Comeback” — and personally, I hope that they are right; not only about Corpus Christi processions, but others as well.  Kudos to your parish if it has always embraced or plans to (in the future) embrace this ancient Catholic custom, giving parishioners and onlookers an opportunity to participate in celebrating various aspects of our Catholic Faith.  The last several decades have been marked by the tendency to keep our faith to ourselves, within the confines of our church or our homes — living as if we shouldn’t freely express our beliefs – as if our faith is offensive to others.  It’s not offensive — It’s Good News.  The Greatest of News.  We Christians have a lot to be thankful for and reason to celebrate.  So let’s do it!

Happy Corpus Christi!

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