From coast to coast, eucharistic processions take to the streets across America for Corpus Christi

The Eucharistic procession ended in the Vatican’s Lourdes Grotto. The Eucharistic procession ended in the Vatican’s Lourdes Grotto. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Celebrating the solemnity of Corpus Christi, a more than 700-year-old feast day that commemorates the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, Catholics from across the nation participated in local eucharistic processions in a public display of faith.

As Jesus in the Eucharist was brought to streets and neighborhoods, many Catholics followed and worshiped with prayer with hymns.

The processions took place as the Church in America enters its second phase of the U.S. bishops’ National Eucharistic Revival, a three-year initiative to inspire belief in the Eucharist following a 2019 Pew Research study that suggested only about one-third of U.S. Catholics believe the Church’s teaching that the Eucharist is truly the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

The second phase of the revival, the Year of Parish Revival, is meant to foster eucharistic devotion at the parish level.

Below is a sampling of some of the processions that took place in different archdioceses and dioceses across the country. 

Diocese of Portland, Maine

Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin

Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Archdiocese of St. Louis

Archdiocese of Atlanta

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Archdiocese of New York

In the Bronx, New York, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Espaillat led a large eucharistic procession along the Grand Concourse, heading southbound starting at 202nd Street and ending at 151st Street. The pastors of the West Bronx parishes joined in leading the procession. 

Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Waterbury, Connecticut

Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish in Pittsburgh

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Diocese of Lansing, Michigan

Archdiocese of Baltimore

Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau, Alaska

Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

Diocese of Arlington, Virginia 

Diocese of Camden, New Jersey

Diocese of Cleveland

Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas

Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas

This article was updated on June 16, 2023.

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