Corpus Christi 2017
“If any one saith, that, in the holy sacrament of the Eucharist, Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, is not to be adored with the worship, even external of latria; and is, consequently, neither to be venerated with a special festive solemnity, nor to be solemnly borne about in processions, according to the laudable and universal rite and custom of holy church; or, is not to be proposed publicly to the people to be adored, and that the adorers thereof are idolaters; let him be anathema” (Canon VI of the Council of Trent on the Eucharist).
A great number of faithful parishioners attended the 6PM Sung Mass and Blessed Sacrament Procession at Holy Innocents for the 9th annual celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi this past Thursday, June 15, 2017. Fr. James Miara was the Celebrant, and we had 14 servers who devoutly served Holy Mass.
As has been the case in all previous years, Midtown Manhattan, was still not used to such religious processions and public demonstrations of active and vibrant faith in the traditional way. Many people stopped and asked what was going on and many more stopped and stood silently as the procession passed by.
The faithful parishioners jubilantly sang traditional hymns in Latin, English, Spanish, and Italian. The music for the Mass was Lassus’ Missa Doulce mémoire, including two Motets by Byrd and Charpentier. Additionally, this year there were two “stational” altars at which Benediction was given: one was outside of a Mexican food restaurant and the other one right outside of the parish rectory. At the end, once we were back at the High Altar, the final Benediction was done.
For many of those in attendance, those two hours and fifteen minutes were the best two hours and fifteen minutes in the whole year!
Below are photos taken by Mr. Arrys Ortañez.