Sunday, November 24, 2013

Procession of the Blessed Sacrament

Today in the Novus Ordo is the Solemnity of Christ the King, Lord of the Universe which marks the end of the liturgical year and this year, the Year of Faith. It's already a Sunday and a Solemnity, and it falls when at least some people are at school, for it is the titular feast of Christ the King Chapel here at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The Servants of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus household requested that the chapel hold a procession of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament today, since it is an important feast and traditional to do on this feast (in both forms, at different times of year...) and so we did. The 12:30 Mass concluded with the rites in the newer form for a procession. After the Post-Communion prayer, the sacrament was exposed. Torchbearers entered the sanctuary (I was one of them!) and the schola sang the Veni Jesu. Then, Exposition began as normal with the singing of the O Salutaris Hostia. Father Gregory Plow, TOR incensed the Blessed Sacrament, and we processed out the chapel.

The crucifer and candle-bearers from the Mass lead the procession, followed by the torchbearers. We had the customary two thurifers and four servers held the canopy over Father. Not only is that what is always done, we needed it, for it had begun to snow again just as we left the church.

The schola chanted the Adoro te devote, the Ave Verum Corpus, and Credo III while we processed up the hill. The MC turned us around in front of the main academic building (which is a chilly walk, since there is nothing to block the wind across the hill), and we then sang the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The schola then began to sing "Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All," written by Fr. Faber, which I am sure I have sung before at St. Martin's. Tis beautiful. We re entered the chapel to Lambillotte's Panis Angelicus, and the schola then sang the arrangement by Kevin Allen.

Benediction concluded with the Pange Lingua, the Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and of course the rite of Benediction with the Host, with the Divine Praises, and then after the reposition "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name," and the Salve Regina. I cried in the procession, probably due to the cold. I cried during the Salve, probably because of overwhelming Beauty.

It was beautiful, and freezing was wonderful for Our Lord and Our God. There were 459 people at Mass, and an additional 50-70 people gathered in the entrance to the chapel for just the procession. That means just around 500 people, mostly college students, walked in 30 degree Fahrenheit weather (that's negative-degree weather for anyone reading this who only is familiar with Celsius temperatures!). Virtually the entire chapel was singing the Gregorian chant parts during Benediction.

May The Heart of Jesus Truly Present in the most Blessed Sacrament, Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity, be Praised, Adored and Loved with Grateful Affection at every moment in All the Tabernacles of the world, even until the end of time. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Here are the rest of the photos.

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