‘Tis the season for processions. We Catholics love to process with the Blessed Sacrament and in honor of the Most Sacred Heart of the Lord and also to venerate Our Lady and many patronal saints. Some time ago I posted about standing outside the Paul VI audience hall during a meeting of the Italian bishops conference. To some of the bishops’ secretaries and drivers and a few bored bishops I recounted that, the day before, we had had a Corpus Christi procession in the Vatican gardens with hundreds of people and many priests and the Swiss Guards had carried the canopy. An old Italian bishop said: “Meno chiacchiere – più processioni. … Less jabbering – more processions.”
Today I received this email:
About four years ago one of our priests started the annual Corpus Christi Procession on the actual Feast of Corpus Christi. Not only do we, quite literally, “Take Jesus to the Streets” (as the Evangelical Christians are so big on talking about), but we also set up and decorate a number of altars throughout the neighbourhood that we stop at along the way, sing hymns and polyphony, have Benediction, etc.
Usually we have people who come out of their house to see what’s going on, once we even temporarily caused a baseball game to stop (we set up an altar in the park), but this year we even had someone race out of their house (didn’t even set down his towel he had with him) and join our procession to our last altar. We need more processions. We need to take Jesus to the Streets to attract the people to him!