The Feast of Corpus Christi is a day set aside to especially acknowledge Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist, and through it, His ability to become the food that nourishes and sustains us. This is a time when we can show our love for Christ in the Real Presence by honoring Him in a very public way through a procession and veneration. Parishioners, Knights of Columbus, Deacons, and Priests walk around neighborhoods in procession with the Blessed Sacrament. They will stop at decorated altars which represent the corners of the earth. At each altar special prayers are said following a blessing with the monstrance. The final altar is in the church.
On Sunday, May 29, we celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi. Our procession began in the Chapel where the altar was elegantly decorated with red and white carnations and the Monstrance was guarded by two Angels.
Singing Eucharistic hymns, Residents, Sisters, staff and volunteers processed out of the chapel towards the second altar in front of the library. Our celebrant, Deacon Larry Schumacher from St. Theresa’s Parish processed with the Blessed Sacrament.
After readings and veneration of the Holy Eucharist, we processed to the third altar next to the infirmary. This altar was decorated with yellow and white roses and lilies, bunches of wheat and grapes. Everyone joined in the singing and veneration of the Holy Eucharist.
Our Eucharistic hymns continued as we processed back to the Chapel. Deacon Larry transferred the Holy Eucharist to the larger Monstrance and we ended this beautiful celebration with Evening Prayers and Benediction.