Until about six years ago, in June of 2003.
On June 14, 2003 we carried the missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Our Lady of the Angels Church to St. Paul's, near downtown. (More about that procession at "Procession of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.")
We had a Corpus Christie ("Body of Christ") procession on Sunday, June 18, 2006. I spent quite a bit of 2007 getting parts of me either fixed or swapped out, so I don't remember if there was a procession that year or not. I didn't record one again until Sunday, June 14, 2009. Which is where this post picks up.
After a brief mention of the event in my Sauk Centre Journal, I wrote: "I'll be writing about that later, in one of my blogs." That was about a month and a half ago.
Since then, I've found a pretty good discussion of what Corpus Christi is about: a homily given by Pope Benedict XVI on the solemnity of Corpus Christi, or Corpus Christi Sunday, June 15, 2006. A Vatican translation of "A Synthesis of Creation" is on the ZENIT website.
I took photos of the June 14, 2009, procession, here in Sauk Centre.
June 14, 2009, was a beautiful day. The procession started at Our Lady of the Angels church.
Here we go. That's the deacon, nearest the stop sign.
The Crucifix leads the way. That's a double door they're coming out of: it's plenty wide most of the time, but today it's creating something of a bottleneck.
The monstrance is outside now, under a canopy. The four men holding the fabric had quite a job, walking and keeping it steady.
Crucifix, attendants, monstrance containing the host. We're ready to go.
As I said: It's harder to keep that canopy straight that you might think.
That's it for tonight. I hope to add the rest in the next few days.
- "A Synthesis of Creation"
Vatican translation of a papal homily delivered June 16, 2006
ZENIT (July 4, 2006)