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Posted on May 30, 2015 |

Corpus Christi Processions

Corpus Christi Processions

Corpus Christi processions the the Body of Christ outside the church walls and witness to the world that Christ is present in the Eucharist. Photo courtesy St. Cecilia Church (Oakley, OH).

Corpus Christi processions the the Body of Christ outside the church walls and witness to the world that Christ is present in the Eucharist. Photo courtesy St. Cecilia Church (Oakley, OH).

The Feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ, was instituted to remind us that the Christ is present “body, soul, and divinity” in the Eucharist. In a Corpus Christi procession, a consecrated host is carried through the streets — often with stops for prayer and hymns — as a public profession of our faith that Christ is made present in the Mass, and is alive and with His Church.

 

Most parishes celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi according to the current liturgical calendar, which places it on the second Sunday after Pentecost, but those that celebrate the Tridentine Latin Mass follow the old calendar, where the feast falls on a weekday. At least two parishes, the Latin Mass Holy Family Church in Dayton (OH) and Old St. Mary’s Church in Over-the-Rhine, will hold processions on June 4th. Holy Family’s procession will (weather permitting) feature floral carpets outside the church, assembled days ahead of time from dyed wood chips. Old St. Mary’s will also hold a procession on Sunday between its Novus Ordo Latin Mass and its German Mass.

 

At several parishes, including Holy Trinity in Norwood (OH) and St. Julie Billiart in Hamilton (OH), the processions have a Hispanic flavor. At the Franciscan St. Clement parish in St. Bernard (OH), the procession has German roots.

 

The only procession in the area to be held Saturday evening (that we know of) follows a day of decorating and preparation at Emmanuel Church, the oldest Catholic church in Dayton (OH). All are welcome to decorate the walk surrounding the church after the 7:30 am Mass, just as Holy Family does.

 

“This is our 14th year having the procession,” says Emmanuel spokesperson Sarah Schutte. “The first year, only eight people did all the decorating. Now we have over 100 people of all ages who decorate all day. It’s so much fun! Also, it has never rained. We’ve had clouds and even a sprinkle, but every year the Blessed Mother intercedes for us.”

 

This year’s schedule includes two new processions and a hiatus. St. Lawrence Church in Indiana will hold its first procession, and the procession at Guardian Angels Church in Mt. Washington/Cincinnati will be the first the parish has held in at least seven years. It will begin at the parish and process down Beechmont Avenue to Cincinnati’s seminary. Divine Mercy and  St. Bernard parishes in Northern Kentucky, however, will not hold their procession this year. Fr. Matin Pitstick would like all who make it an annual tradition to know that the procession will return in 2016.

 

June 4

Holy Family Church (Dayton, OH)
Procession follows Mass and (weather permitting) features  “carpets” made of dyed wood chips outside the church.

 

Old St. Mary’s Church (Over-the-Rhine)
Traditional Latin Mass Procession, after 7 pm Mass
This annual procession has been held longer than anyone in the parish can remember.

 

June 6

Emmanuel Catholic Church (Dayton, OH)
During 5:15 pm Mass
All are welcome to the procession at Dayton’s oldest Catholic church, as well as to help decorate walks outside the church after 7:30 am Mass. More than 100 people decorate all day. Reception follows the Mass and procession.

 

June 7

 

St. Anthony Church (Taylor Mill, KY)
Immediately following 10 am Mass

St. Cecilia (Oakley, OH)
Immediately following 10 am Mass
This will be the fifth year St. Cecilia has held a procession through Oakley’s business district on Madison Road. Traffic is stopped and people  eating outside at local eateries are able to watch and hear the prayers. An antique canopy is used.

St. Clement Church (St. Bernard, OH)
6:30 pm
This annual Franciscan-style evening procession through the streets of St. Bernard, stopping at homes for prayers and hymns, begins and ends in the church building and is followed by an ice cream social in the parish center.

St. Gertrude the Great Church and Priory (Madeira, OH)
Immediately following 12:30 pm Mass
This procession through the parish grounds will also celebrate the one year anniversary of St. Gertrude’s Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel, and will conclude with a reception.

At the annual Corpus Christi procession between St. Teresa of Avila and St. William parishes in Price Hill/Cincinnati, a distance of about a mile, the procession stops at temporary altars set up in front of the homes of parishioners for prayer, songs, and veneration. Photo courtesy Tina Geers/St. William Church.

At the annual Corpus Christi procession between St. Teresa of Avila and St. William parishes in Price Hill/Cincinnati, a distance of about a mile, the procession stops at temporary altars set up in front of the homes of parishioners for prayer, songs, and veneration. Photo courtesy Tina Geers/St. William Church.

 

Guardian Angels Church (Mt. Washington/Cincinnati)
Immediately following noon Mass
The first Corpus Christi procession at Guardian Angels in at least seven years will begin at Guardian Angels and proceed down Beechmont Avenue to the chapel of St. Gregory the Great at The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West.

 

Holy Trinity Church (Norwood, OH)
Immediately following 11 am Mass
This will be the second year for the procession around the block, which will have a Hispanic flavor to reflect the growing Hispanic population at this 120-year-old parish. Ice cream social follows.

 

St. Julie Billiart Church (Hamilton, OH)
Noon
This will be the eighth year for the procession around the block where the Church is located. It will be held following the 11 AM English Mass and before the 1 PM Spanish Mass, and will include both English and Spanish hymns and readings.

 

St. Lawrence Church (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Noon
St. Lawrence will hold its first Corpus Christi procession this year, starting at the church, procession around the parish campus and ending with Benediction in th St Francis Grotto.

Old St. Mary’s Church (Over-the-Rhine)
Between the Novus Ordo (current rite) Latin Mass and German Mass at 9 am
This annual procession on the street to the parish’s courtyard has been held longer than anyone in the parish can remember.

 

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church (Dayton, OH)
At 11 am Mass
The annual procession on parish grounds to the parish shrine to Our Lady of Belmonte and back is open to all.

 

Queen of Peace Parish (Millville, OH)
Noon
The outdoor procession will travel through Queen Acres, the area directly surrounding the parish.

 

St. Remy Church (Russia, OH)
Immediately following 11 am Mass
This outdoor procession through the streets of the Village of Russia to St. Remy Cemetery and back has been held annually for more than ten years.

 

St. Teresa of Avila and St. William Churches (Price Hill/Cincinnati)
2 pm
Now in its 18th year, this annual procession begins with prayer at St. Teresa of Avila Church and ends at St. William, a walk of about one mile. Beginning at about 1 pm, buses will take those who have trouble walking to St. Teresa for Benediction and a reception. Buses will also transport participants back to St. William. Park in the St. William School parking lot. For information call (513) 921-9200.

 

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