Papal celebration of Corpus Christi moves to Sunday
Pope Francis will celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ and the Corpus Christi procession on a Sunday – 18th June 18 – and not on the traditional Thursday feast day, which is 15th June this year.
Throughout Italy and in most other countries, the feast was transferred to the following Sunday years ago. The pope celebrating on the Sunday ‘can strengthen the participation of the faithful in this solemn, public act of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,’ said Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the papal vicar of Rome.
Announcing the change in a letter on 1st May, the cardinal said he hoped changing the date of the celebration to a non-work day would allow more people to participate in the traditional procession through Rome from the Basilica of St John Lateran to the Basilica of St Mary Major.
The date of the papal celebration was announced by the Vatican on 18th May along with a list of Pope Francis’ other public liturgical celebrations for June.
Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in St Peter’s Square on Pentecost 4th June and he will mark the feast of Ss Peter and Paul with Mass on 29th June in St Peter’s Basilica and the blessing of palliums to be given to new metropolitan archbishops.
The pallium is a band made from lamb’s wool, which is worn over the shoulders and symbolises both an archbishop’s role as the shepherd of the archdiocese and his communion with the pope.
Picture: Pope Francis leads Benediction outside the Basilica of St Mary Major on the feast of Corpus Christi in Rome on 26th May 2016. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).Tags: Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi, Pope, Pope Francis