For the first time everrrr, Pope Francis has chosen to transfer the Vatican observance from today to Sunday and to move it from the city of Rome to Ostia, which is Rome Beach as you can see from the photo above--a lovely place to say the least.
There has not be a consistent celebration of place by the Roman Pontiff since the 1200's when this Solemnity was established as a universal feast for the Church.
Of course Ostia in Italian is the word for Host in English--so it is appropriate to have the Corpus Christi procession there!
In addition, it was 50 years ago that Blessed Pope Paul VI celebrated Corpus Christi in Ostia in 1968 the year His Holiness released his prophetic Humanae Vitae.
“Although today is traditionally the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, many countries including Italy, the USA and the Vatican City State have transferred it to the following Sunday so more people can experience it.“
Thankfully, we have a Solemn Mass with procession tonight for the great feast. And on Sunday the external solemnity, also with an outdoor procession. No need to transfer feasts.
No need to transfer since your congregation is still full of Catholic believers! Elsewhere in the Church it is wishful thinking that if they transfer a feast more people will show up.
Our procession is this evening at 1900. The ARS has decorated the campus with dyed wood chips of various appropriate symbols. Our Knights, police, and military are escorting. Hope the weather holds!
True, TJM. We moved halfway across the country to have access to the mass. Thank God we were able to do that—not everyone is.
Severe storms swept the valley about an hour before Mass then were gone, leaving perfect, if humid, weather. We had two priests to help. Processon over the colored wood shavings was dignified. I estimate there were 300 at Mass. seemed small this year, I think the storms kept some folks from traveling far to attend.
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