Your Sunday Sermon notes – Corpus Christ or 2nd Sunday after Pentecost – and POLL!

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass for your Sunday (obligation or none), either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was.

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

Also, are your churches opening up? What was attendance like? In a lot of places today the dispensation from Mass attendance was ended, so you were obliged to go.

Let’s have poll.

If you had Corpus Christi today, Sunday, did you have a Eucharistic Procession?

Let us know.  Anyone can vote.  Registered participants are encouraged also to comment.  Tell us what you saw.

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  1. dahveed says:

    Hi Father,
    we had both. On Thursday, Mass and a procession. On Sunday, due to the external solemnity, we had both. Which way should I vote, aside from very grateful? ;)

  2. RobinDeLage says:

    Our NO parish did not have a procession but the SSPX Novitiate in the neighboring town had a lovely procession that my wife and I participated in.

  3. Gregg the Obscure says:

    At the Cathedral attendance was not great, despite the lifting of the dispensation. We had a guest homilist who spoke to great effect on tithing and almsgiving. The alms so often commended in Scripture (and he cited many such commendations) are donations above and beyond the minimal expectation of the tithe. He also mentioned that our participation in the works of mercy expand our capacity to receive graces in the life to come. He held up a small bottle and said “someone might get to heaven and have this much capacity for the beatific vision, and he will be perfectly happy, but someone like Mother Teresa could have a capacity as large as this Cathedral”.

    I saw that the small parish with a diocesan TLM had a procession and the Archbishop himself participated in the procession.

  4. Liz says:

    Actually, our church did mass and procession on Thursday and then with the local Catholic church (Blessed Sacrament) they did a procession after the last Sunday mass.

  5. Kathleen10 says:

    I don’t think the diocesan church we attend had a procession earlier. Attendance has been diminished a bit and I have no idea why. There are about 8 people up at the altar in our wonderful Mass. The priest, another priest, deacon, altar boys, and others. It is a reverent and beautiful TLM, and we thank them for it every week. I cannot imagine why people would not love the TLM and prefer it over the NO. Lots do of course, myself included.
    This is a tad late but I really appreciated this. Last week Father said when we say the Creed, “Credo”, which I assumed meant creed, really means “I give you my heart”, from “cre = heart” and “do = give”, or vice versa. So we are really saying to God, I give you my heart…when we say the Creed. Latin has so many gems in it. People would love it if they just give it a chance.

  6. Thomas says:

    Mass Thursday. Second Sunday, Procession

  7. iamlucky13 says:

    If I heard right, there was a procession after one of the other Masses at the parish this Sunday.

    We had benediction after Mass, which included the congregation spontaneously chanting Tantum Ergo. Technically, the governor currently considers congregational singing illegal, but once the cantor started it, others joined in, and again for Holy God, We Praise Thy Name.

    I’ll be honest: we have not had music in our Masses in over a year, and I teared up a little at finally having the chance to offer that devotion again.

  8. Jim Dorchak says:

    I could not vote.
    We had no Mass or procession. NADA.
    We had Mass on line of our priest in an empty church.
    We did have one Mass a couple weeks ago but we were not permitted to sit next to each other as a family. What do I mean? Well my wife could not sit next to me. She had to be 6 meters apart if we had attended.
    I do not know of this RITE in the Catholic Church so we do / did not attend. After all we sleep in the same bed, live in the same house, eat at the same table, but not in the (Former) catholic Church in Chile.
    So I could not vote. No Mass was not an option. Jim in Chile

  9. beelady says:

    We had Mass without a procession on Sunday.
    Father gave an excellent homily which referenced the Eucharistic miracle in Lanciano, Italy. He encouraged everyone to start making at least one holy hour a week.
    We are blessed to have Adoration at least once a day including a 5:45am -6:45am option on weekdays.

  10. OzReader says:

    Novus Ordo, Mass without Procession (as far as I know). Father made it abundantly clear that Jesus is really, truly and substantially present in the Eucharist.

  11. Prayerful says:

    Corpus Christi took the form of a Low Mass on Thursday with a procession inside the church on Sunday, following Vespers. Even my St Andrew’s missal of 1940 notes that the external solemnity can be on Sunday. Given the times we are in, it worked out okay.

  12. Charivari Rob says:

    Sunday, ordinary form, no procession (none connected with our Mass, anyway – might have been one at other Mass time because they sometimes do in coordination with neighboring parish).
    Usual solid homily on the Eucharist, preparation, fasting, worthy reception, transubstantiation, and pertinent sections of the Catechism.

  13. voxborealis says:

    EF mass on Sunday. External solemnity so Corpus Christi instead of Second Sunday after Pentecost. No procession after, presumably because of diocesan restrictions following on local government restrictions.

  14. abralston says:

    Masks are gone, back to two servers, holy water in the fonts last week, no roped off pews the week before Easter. People are returning to mass. This is in southeast Ohio. In the bulletin the week before Easter Fr. said “Please wear your masks and social distance if possible. We cannot ensure social distancing.” We stopped social distancing the week before Easter. The Easter vigil mass was full and the two Easter Day masses were over flowing.

  15. Francisco12 says:

    We were out of state this weekend, and happened upon a diocesan parish with an EF Mass and a procession. This actually turned out to be the first EF Mass said at the parish on a Sunday in over 50 years, and it was a Solemn High Mass! Brick by brick…

    In the homily, the priest talked about reverence for the Eucharist, and how is own deepening of appreciation for the Blessed Sacrament led him to learning the Tridentine Latin Mass. Deo gratias!

  16. JonPatrick says:

    No procession at our parish but I did see several parishes in the diocese had processions. We are back to normal now, no masks and sit anywhere, holy water again. Attendance seems to be returning. We always have more attendance in the Summer anyway as the “people from away” show up so it’s hard to tell which is that and which is end of pandemic related.

    The big news is that we now have an EF Mass on Saturdays, at least the First Saturday and perhaps other Saturdays if Father is available. Attendance was pretty good at least 30 people, about as many as attend our usual Saturday evening NO. Brick by brick.

    The diocese also announced that as of Father’s Day weekend (19th/20th) the Sunday Obligation returns.

  17. Imrahil says:

    On Thursday, it being a public holiday, we had Corpus Christi, Mass and procession (which I voted). Though I only was at the procession, which was at the parish, and at the TLM community for Mass. This latter had one hour of adoration (not more because the Church was occupied otherwise), so that would be “other than”.

    The procession, which, though I’m not the silver-lining-seeker, was rather more beautiful than the usual big city procession with bishop, was regrettably an indoors procession. “We’ll give it every solemnity other than going outdoors”, and so they did. And having the organ at “full thunder” for “Holy God we praise thy Name”, plus bells ringing, is a rather good way to ensure noone sings along… I’m being ironic.

    The usual external celebration on the Sunday, which is due to the central big-procession celebrations on Thursday, obviously fell away this year.

    Our SSPX friends had a public procession with limited allowed attendance.

  18. Rich Leonardi says:

    At our NO parish, the parochial vicar delivered a thoughtful homily on the Eucharist. He zeroed in on Jesus and the apostles singing a hymn and explained which psalms were likely the source of it. Somehow I had never noticed that detail in the gospel before. He then lead a procession down to the town square that included several hundred worshipers. It was wonderful, and has been a reinstated tradition over the past 10 years or so.

  19. millercr2 says:

    Hi Father and Dear Readers,
    In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had Thursday evening Feast of Corpus Christi Mass, repeated Mass on Sunday with procession.

    And wonderful sequence by Schanted Lauda Sion Salvatorem. Beautiful and well done by our choir. See their rendition here:

    Music from Corpus Christie Watershed

  20. millercr2 says:

    *** corrections ***
    Hi Father and Dear Readers,
    In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had Thursday evening Feast of Corpus Christi Mass, repeated Mass on Sunday with procession.

    And wonderful, chanted, sequence Lauda Sion Salvatorem. Beautiful and well done by our choir. See their rendition here:

    Music from Corpus Christie Watershed

  21. ChesterFrank says:

    Sunday Mass, no procession though it was mentioned that “it is tradition to have a procession, but there will not be one for obvious reasons.” I don’t know what the obvious reasons are. In the northeast it as tradition not to have any procession for any Mass where they have been traditional. Is there a reason behind this?

  22. hwriggles4 says:

    Had Mass and a procession for Sunday evening Mass. The early Sunday morning Mass at the parish closest to my home did Mass and a procession (that was the first procession they had in at least 7 years).

    Good homily by our Parochial Vicar. Father M explained the role of a priest as the priest acts “in persona Christi” which is much different than a minister or preacher. Father M also stressed the importance of being at Mass and not just watching Mass on a screen. Father also mentioned why Catholics call it Mass and not just services. I liked the discussion when Father talked about Jesus on the cross where He bled when pierced by the sword – that really happened. Father M also used the Roman Cannon for the Eucharistic Prayer.

    The procession was outside on the grounds shortly after the distribution of the Eucharist (our Novus Ordo parish has a large property located at a well traveled intersection) and was well attended.

    The homily was a short education from the pulpit and I for one did not really “get it” until after my reversion story. I wish I would have heard homilies like this as a teenager from a good young priest by Father M, who is in his early 30s.

  23. Brian64 says:

    Father spoke of many things and ended with some words on sentimentalism, which causes us to form an attachment to things that do not belong to us. He then tied this to the Mass itself, which is an act of worship and is not about our feelings, not about what we get out of it. We may be distracted at Mass (after all we are human beings), but that does not detract from the act of worship performed by the High Priest, Jesus Christ Himself. That sacrifice is perfect and goes to the Father, whether or not we were distracted or we didn’t “get anything out of it” or we somehow felt it was less of a Mass.

  24. JPCahill says:

    At 11 a.m. we had our High Mass for Corpus Christi in the Ordinariate Rite. We sang Healy Willan’s Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena for the common and the choir did Stainer’s “Kindly Light” and Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus”.

    Father gave an excellent and appropriate sermon full of good things . . . things like “transubstantiation”, “Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity”, and “Holy Sacrifice” featured prominently. If you came away not knowing what the Church believes about the blessed Eucharist, you really need to focus more.

    Mass was followed by the procession around our building. DuPont is almost a main street but, alas, it’s a business district and on a Sunday I doubt very many people saw it at all. But that’s where we are so that’s where we processed.

    Back in the chapel we had solemn Benediction with all the appropriate hymns and Divine Praises.

    And finally for only the 2d time in . . . what? . . . a year and a quarter? . . . coffee and doughnuts in the cellar. And there was one buttermilk one left what I got there, D.g.

  25. JPCahill says:

    Oh, and we have a low Mass at 9 a.m. I wasn’t at that one but between the 9 and the 11 there was exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and adoration. It looked pretty well attended, even though we are a very small congregation.

  26. oldCatholigirl says:

    We had a low TLM at 7:30 Thursday morning (regular daily time slot) and a solemn high external celebration of the TLM at the Sunday noon Mass, with a procession afterwards through our simple little middle-low class neighborhood. (Nobody was out.) We also had our usual low TLM at 8:oo on Sunday morning (external celebration of feast) and our usual sung NO at 10:00 (feast day, of course).

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