Known locally as Cristong Hari, this feast was celebrated with great joy with a solemn Eucharistic Procession through the streets of our baranggay (village).
The Code of Canon Law 944 states that “a procession through the public streets is to be held as a public witness of veneration toward the Most Holy Eucharist”. The Eucharistic Lord was borne under a canopy prepared by members of our Third Order aboard a specially decorated car, similar to the recent practice at the Vatican’s own Corpus Christi procession.
There were 3 stations where the procession came to a stop and the Benediction was given to the kneeling crowd.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church 1674 and 1675 teaches that “Besides sacramental liturgy and sacramentals, catechesis must take into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the faithful. The religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church’s sacramental life, such as … processions. These expressions of piety extend the liturgical life of the Church… “
In accordance with that, during the course of the procession, a catechetical Eucharistic Dialogue was read out. Following the format of Question and Answers, the doctrine of the Church concerning the Most Holy Eucharist was presented to the people, who participation by reciting the responses of the dialogue in the booklet.
Eucharistic Hymns also accompanied the procession, during which a priest was available to hear confessions.
This public witness and manifestation of faith culminated in the celebration of Holy Mass in the Seminary’s temporary chapel.