Feast of Corpus Christi procession held at St. Pat’s Sunday

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The Feast of Corpus Christi, also known as the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, was celebrated Sunday in a solemn procession from St. Patrick Catholic Church.

According to Wikipedia, the feast day “is a Christian liturgical solemnity celebrating the Real Presence of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the elements of the Eucharist. It is observed by the Roman Catholic Church, in addition to certain Western Orthodox, Lutheran and Anglican churches.”

About 200 parishioners took past in the procession, which followed 10:30 a.m. Mass and proceeded from the church eastward on Lucinda Street, northward of Fifth Street, westward on Pattee Street and southward on Third Street to the church.

The Feast of Corpus Christi was established in 1264 by Pope Urban IV. In medieval Europe, mystery plays were performed at many places on the feast day, according to Wikipedia.

The Corpus Christi procession first proceeded eastward from the Church along Lucinda Street. Photo courtesy Nick Eakins

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