Corpus Christi Procession
- To view photos from the 2012 procession, please click here.
St. Peter Catholic Church at 27th and Leavenworth streets will lead its annual Corpus Christi procession with the Blessed Sacrament under guarded canopy on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (Sunday, June 2, 2013) from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The procession will travel 1.4 miles. It will begin at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (2124 S. 32nd Ave.) and, after stopping at two Benediction sites in Hanscom Park, will continue through the Historic Park Place neighborhood to St. Peter Church (27th and Leavenworth) for Final Benediction.
Every year the procession has been held, the participation has exceeded expectations with thousands of people taking part. All Catholics are invited to attend and participate.
A special section at the front of the procession will be reserved for children who received their First Holy Communion in 2012 and 2013. These children are asked to wear their white First Communion clothes and to bring a small basket of flower petals to sprinkle on the street ahead of the Blessed Sacrament.
A fourth-degree honor guard of the Knights of Columbus in full regalia will escort the procession. St. Peter Church's bells will chime as the procession approaches.
- Ollie the Trolley will be on hand during the event to transport those unable to process.
- Spirit Catholic Radio 102.7 FM will broadcast the music and prayers that accompany the procession, so please bring a portable radio to broadcast the event. Song booklets will be available.
- Shuttles will bring participants from St. Peter Church to Our Lady of Lourdes Church before the event and will return participants to Our Lady of Lourdes during the hour following the event (see below).
- A post-procession ice cream reception will be held outside and in the McMahon Hall at St. Peter Church.
- Eucharistic banners and organizational standards from all Catholic parishes, schools, organizations and apostolates are welcomed and encouraged.
Participants may park their vehicles at either St. Peter Church or Our Lady or Lourdes Church before the procession. Shuttles will be available starting at 1:45 p.m., on the east side of St. Peter Church, to transport participants to Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Following the procession, shuttles will be available for one hour on the east side of St. Peter Church to transport participants back to Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
Weather cancellations will be broadcast on Spirit KVSS 102.7 FM by noon on the day of the event. In such an event, St. Peter Church will host a special Eucharistic Holy Hour beginning at 2:30 p.m. and will host a social afterwards.
For More Information
If you have questions about the procession or would like to find out how your parish or group can get involved, please contact us.
The Corpus Christi Procession: a Catholic Tradition
Processing through the community with the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ is a venerable Church tradition. The procession is an outward demonstration of Catholic faith and belief in the real presence of the risen Christ, under the appearance of the Consecrated Host.
The Solemnity of Corpus Christi was introduced in the late 13th century to honor Our Lord's institution of the Holy Eucharist. It is believed Corpus Christi processions date back to the 14th century. They are still held on the Feast of Corpus Christi throughout the world, often with the regal splendor and rich traditions of years past.
The procession is made up of clergy, Catholic groups and organizations, and lay people and their families. Children in First Communion dress traditionally strew flower petals in front of the transported Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist is held in a processional monstrance carried by a priest or bishop. The monstrance itself is protected by a decorated canopy.
In his Apostolic Letter Mane nobiscum Domine, Pope John Paul II urged all Catholics to participate in Corpus Christi processions as a public profession of their faith in the real presence of Christ in the Holy Sacrament.