For any keen parish blog watchers who might have logged in to see photos taken at our own Procession of the Blessed Sacrament this morning, I thought you might like to see this video whilst you're waiting.
There are many videos of Corpus Christi processions but this one has a good explanation by the parish priest. He helps us to understand why we process with the Blessed Sacrament.
It's also encouraging to hear some of his parishioners explain their understanding of why we have such processions.
A lot has been said and written about poor catechesis in recent years. Not just poor catechesis but a general decline in any sort of catechesis.
This affects not only our children but also our adults who have sadly been lacking good teaching in their formative years.
As Pope St Pius X said,
“If faith languishes in our days,” he said, “if among large numbers it has almost vanished, the reason is that the duty of catechetical teaching is either fulfilled very superficially or altogether neglected.”
His point was that it was one of the primary duties of the priest to ensure that his parishioners received adequate catechesis. One can engage the laity in supporting the priest in this endeavour; indeed, nowadays it is almost essential as most priests find themselves without an assistant priest in the parish. It is nevertheless the responsibility of the Parish Priest to avail himself of every opportunity to help the people develop a better knowledge and understanding of their faith.
Todd Hartch develops this idea further in his excellent post on 'Catholic Thing' here
Looking at the Westminster Diocesan website recently, I was very interested to read this homily by Archbishop Vincent Nichols on the priesthood and the Holy Mass. It was given at the recent annual Celebration of Priesthood earlier this month.
Reflecting on the part played by the priest in the celebration of Mass, Archbishop Nichols highlighted four main areas for consideration.
Firstly that. 'liturgy is never my own possession, or my creation. It is something that we are given, from the Father.'
Secondly that 'the liturgy forms us, not us the liturgy'.
Thirdly that, 'our part is to offer the Mass as a service to the people.'
And, finally, that 'a profound celebration of the Mass inexorable gives rise to a practical expression of compassion and willing service.'
When you have a moment to spare I heartily recommend that you read the full text. I hope you will find it equally helpful whether a member of the laity or the clergy.
You'll find the whole of the Archbishop's homilyhere.