BUCKEYE LAKE – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church will be conducting an outdoor event in the Village of Buckeye Lake known as a Eucharistic Procession this Sunday June 6.
This Sunday is observed in the Catholic Church as the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, also called the Feast of “Corpus Christi”. The feast day is an annual celebration of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, and in many parts of the world, including in central Ohio, the feast day is often celebrated by local churches with a Eucharistic Procession.
The parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel wishes to make local residents aware that it is planning to conduct a procession in the Village in the vicinity of the church. During such a procession, the Holy Eucharist, which has been consecrated at a Mass and which Catholics believe to be the sacramental presence of Jesus Christ, is placed into a receptacle known as a monstrance and carried in procession as a sign of respect and honor.
Participants normally take part in prayers and songs during the procession, and at its conclusion, a special blessing is offered to the participants with the monstrance. The use of outdoor processions as a sign of reverence for the Holy Eucharist is a common devotional custom which dates back to the late Middle Ages.
The local observance of the Feast of Corpus Christi, to which all are invited, will begin with the 8:00 a.m. Mass, with the procession beginning immediately afterwards at around 9:00 a.m. The procession will follow a route making use of the new Ohio 79 sidewalk and the North Bank sidewalk, with the permission of the Village of Buckeye Lake and the State of Ohio. The procession will return to the church by around 9:45 a.m., at which time the final blessing, known as Benediction, will be given, and a pancake breakfast will be offered by the parish youth group for a free-will donation. All area residents are welcome to participate as desired.
For more information, contact Fr. William J. Ferguson at 740- 928-3266.