Corpus Christi procession at St. John the Beloved

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St. John the Beloved Church in McLean will celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) May 29 with a 5 p.m. Mass, eucharistic procession and a barbecue reception.

The procession, to be led by a Knights of Columbus honor guard, will include first communicants, students of St. John Academy, religious education students and 20 additional parish groups. Following a route around the church grounds, including Benediction in a lower parking lot that faces Old Dominion Drive, the procession will then return to the church for closing Benediction, the divine praises and reposition.

Introduced by Pope Urban in 1264 in Orvieto, Italy, the feast of Corpus Christi spread throughout the world. During the celebration, the Eucharist is placed in a monstrance and protected beneath a canopy. The procession follows singing hymns.

Although the custom of the Corpus Christi procession has diminished in popularity, Father Christopher J. Pollard, pastor of St. John, sees value in the tradition. We live in a time when there is a genuine hunger to bear witness to the truth, Father Pollard said, adding that Corpus Christi sends a strong message by publicly honoring the truth, goodness and beauty of Christ.

Find out more

Go to stjohncatholicmclean.org or call 703/356-7916.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016