We can’t look back, it serves no purpose. We can only take what’s good, leave behind some things that are not integral, and move forward as best we can. (Not pertaining to Corpus Christi mind you, just Church-y matters in general).
Again and again I am stunned by the amount and quality of photos you present on your blog. Congratulations.
I went to the Papal Mass and the procession in Rome today and I must say it was quite moving to walk from the Lateran to Santa Maria Maggiore, chanting and praying together with so many faithful and priests.
What incredible displays of devotion when people process publicly through the streets in honour of Corpus Christi. Nowadays, many parishes are ashamed walk through the streets holding Our Lord of lords on high. At my former parish, the people would only agree to process from the parish hall, through the Church parking lot, and into the Church. That way, not many people would see them, and they wouldn’t have to be publicly embarrassed by proclaiming the Catholic faith all over town. Any attempt at a larger procession was quickly shot down.
I have never has the chance to be in a Corpus Christi procession. However, I have no doubt that my fellow parishioners at St. Agnes would process throughout Manhattan without hesitation.
It is true what you say though, society now has a smothering effect on Religious sentiment. They make you feel like “Religious wierdos”, or “Jesus Freaks” etc.. I suppose it was always like that though, the philosophers holding public discourse in Athens laughed at St. Paul.
When I lived in Manhattan, and went to the LM at St. Agnes, we had several years with Cardinal O’Connor when we had a Corpus Christi procession around St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It was magnificent, save for the odd fact that the Cardinal did not like bells so there were no bells during blessings with the monstrance, which I though was ridiculous. But what was truly great was the opportunity to witness to the Faith in front of an crowd of Sunday secularists, who looked on with expressions ranging from incredulity to outright fascination. The present Ordinary has no such interests, may he soon be replaced!
Our High Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi included the Lauda Sion sequence by St Thomas Aquinas regarding the miracle of Transubstantiation
Well, we didn’t process through the streets giving public witness to Jesus as Lord and King, but we did hold a procession after Mass. The children, dressed in their white first Communion garb, held baskets of rose petals that they placed along the path where the priest processed under a canopy with the Blessed Sacrament. We all processed from the Church to the grounds, to where a statue of the blessed Virgin is keeping watch over the Church property. We all knelt on the grass for Benediction at an outdoor altar, and sang a Latin hymn that I am not (yet) familiar with.