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Corpus Christi Procession
In spite of the dire weather forecasts, it turned out to be the perfect day for our annual Corpus Christi Procession to honor Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament.  The whole assembly--young, old, and in between--joins in the procession. 

Corpus Christi Procession
The children who made their First Communion this year had a special place in the procession.  The girls scattered flower petals...

Corpus Christi Procession

Corpus Christi Procession
...while the boys carried brightly colored streamers.

Corpus Christi Procession
The children of the Youth Music Program--led by Stacey Sunde--bring color and song to the streets of the city!

Corpus Christi Procession
Jubilate! Young Women's Ensemble

Corpus Christi Procession

Corpus Christi Procession
Women of St. James Schola

Corpus Christi Procession
Children of St. Cecilia and St. Gregory Choirs

Corpus Christi Procession
At the center of the procession, Father Ryan carries the Blessed Sacrament, exposed in a monstrance.  Processions like this one--to honor the real presence of Jesus in the sacrament of his Body and Blood--date to the Middle Ages.

Corpus Christi Procession
Tyrone Heade and the Elliott Bay Pipe Band are always a much-anticipated part of this great procession.

Corpus Christi Procession
The procession concludes at the steps of Cathedral Place on Terry Avenue, with Benediction.

Corpus Christi Procession
Pope Benedict XVI has said:  "The procession represents an immense and public blessing for our city: Christ is, in person, the divine Blessing for the world. May the ray of his blessing extend to us all! In the Corpus Domini procession, we walk with the Risen One on his journey to meet the entire world.”

Photos by M. Laughlin copyright (c) St. James Cathedral, Seattle, 2007


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