Saturday, June 09, 2007

I wish my parish was doing this...

On Sunday, June 10, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap. will lead nearly 1,000 faithful Catholics in a Eucharistic procession through the streets of Capitol Hill, carrying the Eucharist for public adoration. Sunday marks the Catholic Church’s universal celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi. Eucharistic processions publicly witness to Catholics’ belief in the actual presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. read more...

What a wonderful way to acknowledge before the whole world that Jesus is King of Heaven and Earth, by praising Him publicly and carrying Him through the streets, giving Him the honour that He deserves.

My parish usually has a very small procession on our feast day, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, but all we ever do is process from the parish hall across the parking lot to the Church. Even this is a struggle to get participation from the people. Sometimes I wonder if there is an element of embarrassment to be seen publicly processing through the streets singing hymns of praise to Our Lord. It brings to mind the words of Our Lord:

Matthew 10
32 Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven 33 But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven.

3 comments:

Angela Messenger said...

I think that they don't know how to defend the faith when the spectators approach them later at work, the grocery store, over the back fence, etc. Much easier to just spend that one hour at church on Sunday where nobody sees you but other (mostly) like-minded Catholics. We could learn a lot from Evangelicals.

Ma Beck said...

There is a grand Eucharistic procession in Chicago each year, which goes through town and ends at Grant Park. It attracts many thousands of people.
Here are some photos from a couple of years back...
http://tinyurl.com/yth6ch

Simon-Peter, The 9th Viscount Vickers-Buckley. said...

That's nice, and the explantion for the "Inaugral Mass" back in January for the new heretic Governor of Colorado in Holy Ghost church in down town Denver, despite the fact the Diocesan spokeswoman denied such a thing would happen...is what then?

Silence.