One of the most wonderful parts of the celebration of this feast, worldwide, is the procession. A few years ago, I witnessed the huge, elaborate Corpus Christi procession in Seville, Spain. It took hours and featured hundreds of women, men and children, large floats, statues of saints and, of course, the Blessed Sacrament, taken through the city streets strewn with rosemary.
I’ve witnessed smaller processions, as well, around the block of my home parish or around the grounds of a school or convent. No matter how large or small, the message is the same and very important, I think. In the Eucharist, Jesus nourishes us with himself. Our bodily nourishment has a purpose: to strengthen us to love and serve in this world. So it is with this spiritual nourishment, given to us not to stay inside but to take and share it with that earthly city in whatever way we can
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