Blessed Sacrament: St. James conducts first ever Corpus Christi procession
June 2 was a landmark day in the history of St. James Catholic Church in Henderson as 100 parishioners took part in the first Corpus Christi procession ever held there. Prior to the march, a celebration of the Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi (the body of Christ) took place at the church.
The Rev. Dr. Columba Nnorom, the parish priest, led the “Walk with Jesus,” carrying a golden monstrance which contained the Sacred Host. Four parishioners held a canopy over it during the procession. Flower girls, Mass servers and church members (praying and singing) followed the group. Serving as the grand marshal was Mary Vicente, at teacher from Eaton-Johnson Middle School.
The march served as a public witness to the belief by the Catholic Church of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist.
Bishop Robert de Thorete of the Belgian diocese of Liege established the Feast of Corpus Christi in 1246 as a counter-measure against the indifference expressed by some Christians about Holy Communion. The belief in the Real Presence of Christ is based on the words he spoke during the Last Supper: “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake [it], and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19).