Event is part of Corpus Christi and start of National Eucharistic Revival initiative.
June 15, 2022 — (Wilmington, Delaware) — On Sunday, June 19, 2022, Roman Catholics from across Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, will gather for a Mass at Wilmington’s Cathedral of Saint Peter at 2:00 p.m., then hold a traditional Eucharistic Procession through the streets of the city, it was announced recently. The Mass and procession will celebrate the Church’s Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – also known as the Feast of Corpus Christi – and marks the beginning of a three-year National Eucharistic Revival, being sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
The Most Reverend William E. Koenig, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, will be the main celebrant at the Mass that will include priests and parishioners from the 56 Catholic parishes in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Beginning at 3:00 p.m., the bishop, priests and parishioners will depart the Cathedral, located at the corner of Sixth and West Streets. Carrying the Eucharist (consecrated host) in an ornate vessel called a monstrance, the group will walk in solemn prayer to Saint Patrick’s Church at 1414 North King Street. After a short prayer service, the group will process to St. Joseph’s Church at 1012 N. French Street for another service before returning to the Cathedral.
“The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life,” Bishop Koenig said. “It is fitting that we gather in unity in the City of Wilmington, to begin our Revival by celebrating, worshiping and witnessing to the central role that Jesus in the Eucharist has in our Catholic faith.”
After the establishment of the Feast of Corpus Christi in the thirteenth century, the tradition of Eucharistic Processions gained popularity throughout Europe. In the late Middle Ages, the tradition developed into splendid pageants of devotion and honor to Christ present in the Eucharist.
The National Eucharistic Revival is a three-year initiative of the USCCB designed to inspire, form, heal, convert, and unite people through a renewed encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist.
More information about the National Eucharistic Revival in the Diocese of Wilmington including a letter from Bishop Koenig and a map of the Eucharistic Procession route, can be found at cdow.org/EucharisticRevival. The 2:00 Mass will be live-streamed on the diocesan YouTube channel – YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm and rebroadcast at 9:00 p.m. on the Catholic Faith Network – CatholicFaithNetwork.org.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 27 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Information about the diocese is available at www.cdow.org.
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