Corpus Christi Procession from St. Conleth’s Parish to Dominican Church will be held on Sunday 23rd June 2019 at 2.45 p.m.
The revival of the age old custom of processing behind the Blessed Sacrament is gaining momentum in Ireland and in particular here in Newbridge where we have had a huge attendance over the last three years.
We are eagerly anticipating record participation this year to honour Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The procession takes place on June 23rd, the feast of Corpus Christi. We will process from St. Conleth’s Parish Church after the celebration of the Polish language Mass at 2.45 p.m. to St. Eustaces’s Dominican Church grounds for open air Benediction.
Every person in Newbridge and surrounding parishes will have an opportunity to walk with the risen Lord through our streets, to where we live. Pope Francis reminds Catholics of the unique service they offer to their communities and society by restoring the Corpus Christi Eucharistic procession and went on to say that processing together in prayer with the Blessed Sacrament is “an act to break open our faith and our lives as a sign of Christ’s love for this city (Rome) and for the whole world.” He went on to say “let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ. Here I repeat for the entire Church what I often said to the Priests and laity of Buenos Aires. I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security” (Evangelii Gaudium 49)
To process means to move forward, therefore processing speaks of the possibility of change, of transformation in Christ, for us, for our Church and the whole world. “By placing the Priest carrying the Blessed Sacrament in the middle of the procession we immerse Christ in the ordinary routine of our lives. Christ walks where we walk and lives where we live.” (Pope Benedict)
The symbolism along with the reality is awesome; it is a key liturgical facet and has great biblical importance. In the New Testament we recall the procession of Christ on Palm Sunday and in the Old Testament we think of King David’s processions with the Ark of the Covenant. The mystery of the Eucharist is not just for Catholics, its for everyone. “As we go beyond our church walls we walk with the risen one in His journey to meet the entire world.”(Pope Benedict)
Pope Francis will observe the traditional mile long candlelit procession again this year in Rome after celebration of 6.00 p.m. Mass at St. John Lanterns’ along the streets of Rome culminating in Solemn Benediction at St. Mary Majors’ Church.
We ask parents particularly to bring your children along and join in this procession, especially we welcome the First Communicants, who will lead the procession and this years Confirmation Candidates to make this a true profession of faith. We extend a warm welcome to all people in our community and would ask those of all cultural backgrounds to wear their traditional dress to add a truly universal flavour to this celebration.
Jesus said “when I am lifted up from the earth I will draw everyone to myself.” (John 12:32)