This past Sunday the Church celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi (Latin for the Body of Christ). To celebrate the feast, two parishes in Omaha sponsored a Eucharistic procession. About twenty of the seminarians and I participated along with about 800 other people. It was a powerful afternoon, praying together as we made our way through the streets. Many of the neighborhoods we travelled through were quite poor, but none-the-less many of the immigrants came out to watch us go by and to pray. During the 1.3 mile procession we stopped twice to offer prayers, and finally reposed the Eucharist at a local parish. The first stop was a beautiful park in the heart of the city. The second was a small park which is at the birthplace of President Gerald Ford. The weather was amazing (note: should have worn sunscreen) and the crowd was equally so. The procession was dominated by young people and split 50/50 between Mexican immigrants and Nebraskans. The entire procession itself was led by about 40 children in their first communion gowns and suits, throwing rose petals over the entire route. When we arrived at the Church the roses showered down from atop the Church. It was a truly amazing site to behold. Originally I was not sure if I was going to attend, but I am very glad that I did. It was a moving experience which I hope to be able to experience again.
Enjoy some photos from Corpus Christi Processions from around the world, including one in NH!