Thursday, June 15, 2006
Eucharistic Processions

This Thursday is the great celebration of Corpus Christi. We commemorate and again remember the infinite joy of the Eucharist. The date of Corpus Christi is fixed by the Vatican as the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.

The feast day was first officially celebrated at Liege in 1246, and extended to the universal Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. In Italy, the traditional feast dates back to the 15th century, and the route of the annual procession was set in the 16th century. The procession through Rome was abandoned in 1870 after Italian forces took Rome from the papacy. Pope John Paul II revived the tradition in 1979.

These processions are endowed with indulgences dating back to both Pope Martin V and Pope Eugene IV.

Prayer to the Blessed Sacrament (Respice, Domine):

Look down, O Lord, from Thy sanctuary, and from Heaven Thy dwelling-place on high, and behold this sacred Victim which our great High-Priest, Thy holy Child, our Lord Jesus, offers up to Thee for the sins of This brethren; and be appeased for the multitude of our transgressions. Behold the voice of the Blood of Jesus, our Brother, cries to Thee from the Cross. Give ear, O Lord! be appeased, O Lord! hearken, and do not tarry for Thine own sake, O my God, for Thy Name is invoked upon this city and upon Thy people; and deal with us according to Thy mercy. Amen.

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