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Corpus Christi Procession: Sharing Christ’s presence

By Dominique Johnson

Being a witness to Christ’s presence in the Eucharist many Catholic parishes around the world process through the streets to show their veneration of the Blessed Sacrament.

At the end of a week-long catechism camp at the National Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau, the campers and members of the local parishes in Juneau gathered for Mass at the Shrine Chapel for a Mass celebrated by Father Ken Hannon, OMI.

After Mass, they took part in a Eucharistic procession from the chapel to the columbarium, making stops at three altars, made by the campers, to venerate the Eucharist. At each altar, Deacon Steve Olmstead proclaimed three Gospel readings, that show the importance of the sacrament of the Eucharist.

By giving this witness of faith, the youth attending the camp learned that we are called to bring the news of Christ to the world and to be unashamed of their faith. As the procession went down the causeway, some visitors to the Shrine joined in the procession. The procession concluded with benediction back in the Shrine chapel.

In his homily on the Feast of Corpus Christi, Pope Francis said the Eucharist, “inspires us to give ourselves to others. It is the antidote to the mindset that says, ‘Sorry, that is not my problem.” Let us remember that we believe that Christ is present to us in the Eucharist and we are called to inspire others to see Christ.