Monday, June 11, 2007

Corpus Christi in Oxford

Down in adoration falling...

The north Oxford deanery's Corpus Christi Procession is an annual highlight and this year, it was led by Bishop William Kenney CP, auxiliary bishop of Birmingham. The Procession begins at the Oxford Oratory and pauses at Blackfriars Priory.

There, the Dominican friars sang the sequence Lauda Sion written by their confrere, St Thomas Aquinas, as the Sanctissimum entered attended by the laity, religious and clergy. The bishop then preached a sermon, echoing Pope Benedict XVI's teaching in Sacramentum Caritatis, in that the witness of the Procession that was being offered to the city of Oxford, must also extend into one's daily life - that our lives become Eucharistic.

After the sermon, the Sacrament is taken to the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy where Benediction was given. A brass band accompanied the Procession through the streets of Oxford, as Eucharistic hymns were sung and litanies and decades of the Rosary were prayed

Bishop Kenney preaching

Emerging from the incense

Bishop Kenney in procession

Processing to Gloucester Green

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