In 1264, Pope Urban IV established the feast of Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. The Pope noted that since Holy Thursday, the feast of the institution of the Eucharist, is concerned with such themes as the priesthood and Christ's agony in the garden, it was only proper for the Church to have a feast specially devoted to Christ's Eucharistic presence. Seven hundred and fifty years later, we still celebrate this feast. Since the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life, it is only fitting that we celebrate a special feast devoted to Christ in the Eucharist.
One common celebration of Corpus Christi is a Eucharistic procession. What better way to honor our Eucharistic Lord than to take that veneration in public where everyone can witness it? Right here in the City of LaPorte. By bringing the Eucharist into the streets, we are proclaiming to the world that Jesus is the source and summit of our lives. We are showing everyone that Jesus is here. for us. Today. In a time where so many a struggling, we need to bring them Jesus. We need to show that Jesus deserves all our veneration. He is our loving God who chose to die for us. By venerating our Lord in the Eucharist, we are giving to Him the adoration He deserves. By processing through the streets with him in the Most Holy Eucharist, we are leading others to that realization. It is a tremendous witness.
Jesus is what gives life meaning and purpose, and He remains always present to us in the Eucharist. Let's celebrate Corpus Christi in a spirit of gratitude for Christ's continual presence in the Eucharist.
June 6, 2021, 1pm (after the 12pm Mass)
Come together as a parish to honor our Lord on the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) with a Eucharistic procession through the streets of LaPorte. We will begin at St. Joseph Church, then process to St. Peter's and Sacred Heart. There will be bus transportation back to St Joseph's to retrieve your vehicles. First Communicants, wear your Communion dress/suits!
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