BOMBSHELL UPDATE on Pope Francis Health Crisis: The Holy Father will not walk in procession but will be whisked away in a covered motorized automobile. Last year he walked behind the Chevy pick-up truck decorated in an Italian manner with the Most Blessed Sacrament enthroned on the flatbed. Pope Benedict would ride on the flatbed kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament.
To downplay health concerns, and this truly is a sign of a health concern, Father Lombardi states that the pope wants to conserve his energy for upcoming trips. His Holiness doesn't want to ride in an open air car to accompany the Most Blessed Sacrament, so that the focus isn't on His Holiness but upon the our Lord Jesus Christ! Eh? Ma cosa stai dicendo?
Yes, folks, IT DOESN'T TAKE A CLAIRVOYANT LIKE ME TO STATE there is a health problem and we need to pray for His Holiness!
Last year's Corpus Domini Procession with Pope Francis, not to be duplicated this year, although His Holiness will offer Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament outside of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major:
The Solemn Mass for Corpus Christi with Pope Francis outside the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the Cathedral Church of the Holy City of Rome, followed by the Corpus Christi Procession to the main doors of the Basilica of St. Mary Major for Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament:
Here we go again. In some places of the world, Corpus Christi is always celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. Why Thursday you ask? Because it was on Holy Thursday that our Lord instituted the Most Holy Eucharist. So Thursday is always celebrated as a special day in the Church in commemoration of Holy Thursday with a special emphasis on the Most Holy Eucharist, just as each Friday of the year commemorates our Lord's passion and death as we do acts of penance.
Keep in mind that when Saint John Paul II instituted the Luminous Mysteries for the Holy Rosary, he said these were to be prayed on Thursday and of course the 5th Luminous Mystery is the Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist.
This silly debacle of transferring feasts from their fixed date to the Sunday following is as I wrote, silly! Why in the name of God and all that is holy is Ascension Thursday transferred from Ascension Thursday to the 7th Sunday of Easter? Our Lord, as the Gospels tell us, ascended into heaven 40 days after Easter Sunday--that's always a Thursday. He did not ascend into heaven 43 days after Easter Sunday!
When Ascension Thursday was actually 40 days after Easter Sunday and still a Holy Day of Obligation (still is in the northeast) my parish in Augusta was packed at the Masses we had scheduled.
Why reduce the number of Holy Days of Obligation especially now that secular society doesn't want Christianity doing visible things outside of Sunday Church? Have our bishops lost their minds? Don't answer that!
Could you imagine if our bishops ordered all pastors to make sure a Eucharistic Procession took place outside on Corpus Christi and not on Sunday but the actual traditional day for it, Thursday, a work day?
In Macon, Saint Joseph could procure a license to process down Cherry Street and no I would not wear my Macon Cherry Blossom Festival Finest Pink!
Holy Spirit could get a license to process down Eisenhower Parkway!
Saint Peter Claver could get a license to process down Vineville Avenue!
We could make sure to synchronize our processions to create the most traffic havoc possible! Oh the glory!
Another kind of outdoor procession! The young man in the front passenger seat is Nate Swann and he's entering the seminary at Mt. St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland in August! See what a parade can do for vocations!
Now, I understand why the Holy Father doesn't want to be in an open car for the Corpus Christi procession in Roma tonight--because his celebrity would get in the way of the Faithful's concentration on the Most Blessed Sacrament solemnly exposed. Could you imagine in the photos below, how my celebrity would get in the way of the true focus of a Eucharistic Procession if our Lord's Real Presence in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar was in front of me?