Faithful invited to ‘walk with Jesus’ in Corpus Christi procession

| May 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

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On Corpus Christi Sunday, June 2, (Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ), Bishop Lee Piché will lead the Archdiocesan Corpus Christi Procession.

The procession begins at the Little Sisters of the Poor Holy Family Residence at 2 p.m. and goes to the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Following the procession, there will be a Holy Hour — which will include praying the rosary, a meditation on Scripture, vespers and Benediction — in honor of the Year of Faith, said Father John Paul Erickson, director of the archdiocesan Office of Worship.

Buses will shuttle between the Cathedral parking lot and the Holy Family Residence, he said.

The feast day “celebrates one of the fundamental beliefs of Catholicism — the real presence of Jesus: body, blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist,” Father Erickson said, adding that the procession offers a public witness of faith.

“This day to walk with Jesus is a way of proclaiming to all the world that we believe that God is with us,” he said. “Just as we believe the Blessed Mother walks with us in the May Day procession, so, too — in an even more literal way — Jesus himself is walking with us in the city.”

“One of the beautiful aspects of Rediscover: is that individuals are being reminded of the deep importance of the sacraments,” he said. “I’m hopeful that individuals who perhaps have been away from the Church or maybe taken the sacraments for granted, maybe a fire can be lit and they can rediscover the power and the beauty of the sacraments. Certainly a public procession celebrating the ‘sacrament of sacraments’ can be one practical expression of this refound, rediscovered interest in the Eucharist and the power of the presence of Jesus with us.”

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