Sunday, June 01, 2008

Oxford Corpus Christi Procession 2008

Today, the Sunday after Corpus Christi (which was celebrated last Sunday in England and Wales), the Oxford deanery held their now-famed annual Eucharistic Procession, beginning at the Oratory church of St Aloysius and concluding with Benediction at the Oxford University chaplaincy. In between, the Sanctissimum paused in the Dominicans' priory church and the friars sang the 'Lauda Sion', written by their confrere St Thomas Aquinas. Bishop William Kenney CP led the procession and also preached in Blackfriars church.

This Eucharistic Procession through the streets of Oxford is a powerful witness to our faith and hope. As Pope John Paul II wrote in Ecclesia de Eucharistia: "The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. In a variety of ways she joyfully experiences the constant fulfilment of the promise: “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity. Ever since Pentecost, when the Church, the People of the New Covenant, began her pilgrim journey towards her heavenly homeland, the Divine Sacrament has continued to mark the passing of her days, filling them with confident hope."

Below are a few photos from the photo set which is on Flickr, and which will be added to in the next few days.

Adoremus in aeternum...

O Sacrament Most Holy

Corpus Christi Procession

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