SSPX Largest Corpus Christi Procession in 50 years
June 10, 2015
District of the USA
SSPX Largest Corpus Christi Solemn Procession in Winnipeg in 50 years!
Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church, under the priestly care of the Society of St. Pius X, celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi with a Traditional Solemn Procession on Sunday, June 7th, A.D. 2015, following the Traditional Latin Mass (Solemn High Mass), where the Schola of the church sung in Gregorian chant.
A family picnic was held afterwards for all the faithful. It was good occasion to thank personally many people for their work and dedication.
Families travelled from different parts of Manitoba and neighbouring Saskatchewan and North-West Ontario, as well as from international destinations, including Boston.
Main media outlets show to the world the beauty of Corpus Christi in Winnipeg
This Corpus Christi Solemn Procession was heralded by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) as the largest in Winnipeg in 50 years! It covered the procession in its online edition and shared photos. It became one of the main news in the CBC Manitoba website.
The Winnipeg Free Press’ online edition headline read: “Catholic procession largest to hit Winnipeg streets in 50 years”, and local photographer David Lipnowski published 15 photos showing its beauty, reverence and deep faith.
Other local online news outlets published photos and comments.
For the Solemn Procession, the Most Blessed Sacrament was carried in the church under ombrellino by the Priest in processional cope and, once in the street, under canopy. Leading the procession was the Cross bearer, flanked by the candle bearers, altar boys, and two thurifers swinging the thuribles with incense. In total, fifteen altar boys served at Mass and during the Procession with total devotion and exemplary reverence, praying before and after the Latin Mass.
In the middle of the procession, there was an Altar of Repose, richly decorated with flowers. There was Benediction at which point all the faithful kneeled.
Along the route, the Rosary was recited, interspersed with traditional hymns, most of them in Latin.
The Police escorted the Procession all the way through the main street of the North End of Winnipeg and down residential streets for one hour.
Corpus Christi touches hearts. Moving Reactions and Reflections.
Some commented on the great and moving piety and faith of the parishioners. Also, the Traditional Latin Mass, the Solemn Procession and Benediction brought some to tears for its deep and touching significance.
Another professional photographer, and teacher of a local photography group, covered the procession, took 1,000 photos. He commented on the impressiveness of it all and mentioned he had never seen such a beautiful procession. He also said that, although he is not religious, he felt so touched by it that he was happy to donate his time and work this time, and offered the same for future Catholic liturgies and events of the church under the care of the SSPX.
A resident of the neighbourhood came across the procession by chance, as she was stepping out of her house. She was so moved to see the Most Blessed Sacrament and the congregation of faithful Catholics professing such a sincere reverence and piety that she joined in. At the family picnic afterwards, she shared with several parishioners how providential it was and how happy she was to see the procession in Winnipeg the same traditional way she grew up with seeing in Portugal, and that she wanted to make a donation.
Families and neighbours came to their front doors and to their bedroom windows to catch a glimpse of the procession, and to take in the sight of the Priest from the SSPX carrying the Most Blessed Sacrament, the thurifers, the fifteen altar boys in red cassocks and surplice, devoutly walking with their hands in praying gesture, the acolyte, faithful carrying processional banners of several Catholic associations attached to the church, and parishioners praying the Rosary and singing hymns for Corpus Christi in Latin, that Catholic faithful have sung for hundreds of years.
A passerby, upon seeing the procession, started praying the Rosary from the sidewalk.
After returning to the church for final prayers and Benediction, the following hymns were sung devoutly: Tantum Ergo, Oremus Pro Pontifice and Adoremus in Aeternum. The Priest then replaced the Blessed Sacrament.
One CBC online commentator said about the Corpus Christi procession: “For brief minutes, a glimpse of Grace! Than you.”
One Catholic man summarized it and captured its essence and what it meant to so many:
Truly it can be said that in this Traditional Solemn High Mass and Corpus Christi procession, you have given us much more than a glimpse or a taste of heaven, but an actual participation in the life of heaven.
Through the eyes of faith we beheld our God on the Altar and in the monstrance, what is more we have received Him into our souls in Holy Communion, and we have seen before our very eyes and physically participated in what might best be described as the most perfect expression of divine worship possible to a divine creature in this world and a living image of the order, peace and harmony with which the angels and saints adore and serve God in heaven.”
Significance of Corpus Christi
The feast of Corpus Christi is one time when Catholics celebrate publicly the real presence of the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and it is exposed not just to faithful Catholics but to all the world. This is a time when Catholics can show their love for Christ in the Real Presence by honouring Him in a very public way. The other time is July 1st, the Feast of the Precious Blood, faithful to the Tradition of the Catholic Church. Both festivities are a way Catholics can show their love for their neighbours by bringing the Lord and Saviour closer to them.
Origin of the Feast of Corpus Christi
The feast of the Blessed Sacrament was established in A.D. 1246 by Bishop Robert de Thorte of Liege at the suggestion of St. Juliana of Mont Carvillon. It was extended to the universal Catholic Church by Pope Urban IV in A.D. 1264, granting many indulgences to the faithful for the attendance at Mass and at the Office. The Office was composed by St. Thomas Aquinas at the request of the Pope. It is one of the most beautiful in the Roman Breviary and has been admired by millions of people over the centuries.