Corpus Christi Processions
Sunday is the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Originally celebrated on Thursday (and still celebrated on Thursday by Latin parishes), this ancient feast was first commemorated on Holy Thursday, and in the 1200s was moved to May in the Netherlands because of the visions of Belgian nun St. Juliana. Pope Urban IV moved the feast to the Thursday following Trinity Sunday and St. Thomas Aquinas composed the Office, including the hymn to Christi’s body in the Eucharist Pange Lingua Gloriosi, and the sequence (poem chanted before the Gospel) Lauda Sion.
The Feast traditionally includes a Eucharistic procession in which the Body of Christ is carried through the streets as a public witness to the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. In different countries the procession took different forms, some elaborate and some simple. While Eucharistic processions fell out of favor in the United States for several decades, many parishes have revived them in recent years, especially for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Some Corpus Christi processions are elaborate and include singing and multiple stops for prayer; some travel from one parish church to a second church. Some are short processions through church grounds, or even simply through the church.
Here is a list of area Corpus Christi processions:
May 26, Corpus Christi Procession at Holy Family Church (Dayton, OH), following 7 pm Mass. Holy Family is the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Latin Mass parish, so the feast falls on its traditional day. The parish will spend the day decorating the church steps and sidewalks with designs in dyed wood chips. All are welcome.
May 28, Corpus Christi Procession a Emmanuel Catholic Church (Dayton, OH), following 5:15 Mass. The Eucharist will be carried out into the street in procession and will follow a path lined with colorful religious artwork made from dyed wood shavings that are designed by the youth of the parish. All are welcome to participate!
May 28, Corpus Christi Mass and Procession at All Saints-St. Paul New Alsace, 5:30 pm.
May 29, Corpus Christi Procession at Our Lady of the Rosary Church (Greenhills, OH) following 11:30 am Mass. First-ever Corpus Christi procession for this parish; all welcome!
May 29, Corpus Christi Mass and Procession at All Saints – St. John Campus (Guilford, IN), 11 am.
May 29, 19th Annual Price Hill Corpus Christi Procession from St. Teresa of Avila Church to St. William Church (Cincinnati), 2 pm. Begins with prayer service at St. Teresa of Avila, followed by procession to St. William with stops at temporary shrines set up outside homes for prayer. For information on parking, etc., call 513.921.0247.
May 29, Sung Mass and Corpus Christi Procession at Old St. Mary’s Church (Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati), 9 am.
May 29, Corpus Christi Procession at St. Cecilia Church (Oakley/Cincinnati), following 10 am Mass. All are invited to join the parishioners of St. Cecilia for this centuries-old tradition of adoration and evangelization, as they process with the Blessed Sacrament along the streets of Oakley. There will be stops along the way for prayer and singing.
May 29, Corpus Christi Procession at Queen of Peace Church (Millville, OH), following 11 am Mass. A Rosary will be recited during the procession through the streets along with singing, and at the end, a Solemn Benediction will take place in Church
May 29, Corpus Christi Procession at St. Gertrude the Great Church (Madeira, OH), following 12:30 pm Mass. The Dominican Friars and Novices will be in attendance and the parish will also celebrate the second anniversary of its Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel.
May 29, Corpus Christi Procession at St. Remy Church (Russia, OH) following 11 am Mass. Route: through the Village of Russia.
May 29, Corpus Christi Procession at St. Julie Billiart Church (Hamilton, OH), following 11 am Mass. First Communicants will help lead the procession, which will include both the parish’s English- and Spanish-speaking members.
May 29, Corpus Christi Procession at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, following 11 am Mass. The Blessed Sacrament will be carried through the cathedral, concluding in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel with Benediction.
May 29, Corpus Christi Procession from Our Lady of the Rosary Church to Holy Cross Church(Dayton, OH) following 11 am Mass. Distance is seven-tenths of a mile. All are invited to participate as a demonstration of our Catholic belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Call the St. Peter Parish Administration Office at 233-1503 for information.
May 29, Corpus Christi Procession for St. Louis (Owensville, OH), Holy Trinity (Batavia), St. Philomena (Stonelick) and St. Ann (Williamsburg), 1:30 pm. Procession begins at St Louis church and ends with Benediction in the park — the first Corpus Christi procession for the four-parish region in six years.
May 29, Corpus Christi Procession at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (Burlington, KY) following 12:30 pm Mass. Mass will end with Exposition, followed by a procession out to the church and around our parking lot. Several Eucharistic litanies are chanted and recited during the procession, which concludes in the church with Benediction
May 29, Corpus Christi Procession at the Church of the Immaculate Conception (Dayton, OH), following 11 am Mass. Procession to the outdoor shrine of Our Lady of Belmont.
May 29, Corpus Christi Procession at St. Paul Catholic Church (Yellow Springs, OH), following 11 am Mass. Join St. Paul for what may be its last Corpus Christi procession — the parish will become part of a parish region in July when pastor, Fr. Anthony Geraci, reitres, so much will be changed. Procession will go on rain or shine: If good weather, it will be outside around the chruch with bells and incense. If good weather, “we will do a few laps around the interior of the church in grand style.” In either case the choir will lead the Tantum Ergo at the Reposition — “and we do have a pretty good choir.” All welcome: ”“This is one for the books. Please come and join us as we finish the Solemnities of Ordinary Time with a bang.”
May 29, Corpus Christi Procession at Holy Trinity Church (West Union, OH) following 11 am Mass. The Knights of Columbus will be serving all ministries of the Mass as well..
May 29, Corpus Christi Procession at St. Clement Church (St. Bernard, OH), 6:30 pm. Evening, Franciscan-style procession through the neighborhood around the church.
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