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Corpus Christi at American Czestochowa Print E-mail

 

Corpus Christi at American Czestochowa

 

On Sunday, June 18th, the Catholic Church in USA have celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ - Corpus Christi. Our celebration at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA has begun with a Solemn Mass celebrated at 12:30 PM in Polish. The main celebrant and a homilist of this liturgy was Fr. Mikolaj Socha, the Provincial of the Pauline Fathers & Brothers in USA. During His homily, Fr. Provincial emphasized the value of the Eucharist for all Catholics, comparing it to the beliefs and practices of different Christian communities. He has also encouraged everyone to participate in every Mass with reverance and avoiding distractions.

After the Mass, Fr. Mikolaj led the faithful in an outdoor Eucharistic Procession around the Shrine. It is a great tradition, that is still very much alive and beautiful in Poland. That is why many people came to the Shrine to participate in this form of  a traditional Eucharistic devotion, to keep the faith of our fathers alive and give witness of our faith in Jesus Christ. During the procession, we made four stops, at the beautifully decorated altars on the Shrine grounds. At every one of these stops, we have also listened to the Gospel passages, that have been sung in Polish and in English by the Pauline Fathers: Fr. Jan Michalak, Fr. Joseph Olczak, Fr. Karol Jarzabek and Fr. Edward Voltz. The Procession ended in the Main Church, where everyone sung a hymn of thanksgiving, Te Deum Laudamus, and the entire celebration concluded with a Solemn Benediction.

On the same day, as the Feast of Corpus Christ, we have also celebrated Father's Day. It was a wonderful occassion to thank God for our fathers and to pray for them. During some of the Masses at the Shrine, Fathers have received a special blessing, so that they may imitate God, who has reveled Himself to us as a loving and merciful Father, always present with and for us in the Eucharist.

Fr. Timothy Tarnacki OSPPE

 

 
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