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 Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

​The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to "Body of Christ." This feast originated in France in the mid-thirteenth century and was extended to the whole Church by Pope Urban IV in 1264. This feast is celebrated on the Thursday following the Trinity Sunday or, as in the USA, on the Sunday following that feast.

This feast calls us to focus on two manifestations of the Body of Christ, the Holy Eucharist and the Church. The primary purpose of this feast is to focus our attention on the Eucharist. The opening prayer at Mass calls our attention to Jesus' suffering and death, and our worship of Him, especially in the Eucharist.

The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharist processions, which serve as a sign of common faith and adoration. Our worship of Jesus in His Body and Blood calls us to offer to God our Father a pledge of undivided love, and an offering of ourselves to the service of others. - Feast Information from Catholic News Agency.

 Mass and Eucharistic Procession

​On the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Sunday, June 18, Bishop Malesic invites the faithful of the Diocese of Greensburg to join with him in celebrating Mass and participating in a Eucharistic Procession among the churches of the New Kensington Catholic Community.

Bishop Malesic will be the principal celebrant and homilist for the 11:00 a.m. Mass to be celebrated at Mount St. Peter Church. Following Mass, the Eucharistic Procession will proceed to St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, where midday prayer will be celebrated. Following midday prayer, the Eucharistic Procession will continue to St. Joseph Church, where the closing celebration, including the Eucharistic Blessing, will be offered. A light reception will follow in the parish hall.

The Order for the Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist reminds us: "In processions in which the Eucharist is carried through the streets solemnly with singing, the Christian people give public witness of faith and to their devotion to this sacrament ... The annual procession on the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ has a special importance and meaning ... It is therefore desirable to continue this procession when it can truly be a sign of common faith and adoration."

All are welcome to join in this time of praise and adoration.

For questions about this event, please contact Becky Bouille in the diocesan Office for Worship at 724-837-0901.

 Tentative Schedule

​The traditional 10:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m., Sunday liturgies at Mount St. Peter and St. Mary of Czestochowa have been canceled due to the solemnity celebration. Police auxiliary will be on hand to provide traffic control during the procession. A bus will also follow the procession, but please note the bus transportation is reserved for the elderly and infirmed.

11:00 a.m.​Concelebrated Mass at Mount St. Peter Parish
​12:00 p.m.​Eucharistic Procession to St. Mary Czestochowa Church
​12:30 p.m.​Eucharistic Service in St. Mary Czestochowa Church
​1:00 p.m.​Eucharistic Procession to St. Joseph Church
​1:30 p.m.​Eucharistic Service with Benediction at St. Joseph Church
​2:00 p.m.​Reception - St. Joseph Parish Hall