Monday 23 June 2014

Corpus Christi

The Corpus Christi is proving to be an extended event for me this year. We celebrated Missa Cantata on Thursday evening with a piccolo festa afterwards, when we ran out of wine - temporarily, at least. (No miracle just a trip back to the presbytery!)  We ended the main Mass on Sunday morning with a short procession (complete with scattered rose petals) and outdoor Benediction. The above seems to be the only photo that has surfaced. If I look a little bemused behind the Monstrance, its because one of my cats had joined the throng and was threading its way though the kneeling parishioners. I will have a third instalment of the feast on Thursday of this week, as I've been invited to a school back on my home territory of the Wirral to lead a Blessed Sacrament Procession.  Good for them that they are making the effort to promote veneration of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. ((They are without an official chaplain at the moment).

It would be great to see a drive for the Church to re-instate great outdoor processions as a public promotion of the Faith.  I understand that we are to be treated to another visit from the giant puppets on the streets of Liverpool this year.  The appetite for an afternoon out watching a procession (however bizarre) seems to be alive and well.  I'm all for the festival atmosphere that traditionally accompanies such processions on the Continent. I seem to recall a Blessed Sacrament Procession for the Jubilee Year was suggested in Liverpool by Fr Gary Walsh (RIP) of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers from their church up to the Cathedral but nothing ever came of it.  Some popular public reassertions of the catholic Faith might be just the ticket in regaining some of our battered confidence and public image.  

Some further photos at Torch of the Faith.

1 comment:

torchofthefaith said...

Dear Father

Thanks for that - there are some more pictures on our website.

God bless
Alan and Angeline