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Around the Diocese: Corpus Christi Sunday 2021

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is also known as the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, which translates from Latin to “Body of Christ.” It is the Church’s official act of homage and gratitude to Christ, who by instituting the Holy Eucharist, gave to the Church her greatest treasure.

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The Feast of Corpus Christi is commonly used as an opportunity for public Eucharistic processions, which serves as a sign of common faith and adoration in the community. After a year of not holding indoor or outdoor events due to the pandemic, parishes around the Diocese of Brooklyn took to the streets June 6.

  • At Our Lady of Angels, Bay Ridge, the procession left the church, circled the block, went along Third Ave. and then went to 9/11 Memorial courtyard for benediction. Father Kevin Abels, pastor, carried the monstrance in procession and led the benediction. (Photos: Ed Wilkinson)
  • At St. Patrick's Church, Bay Ridge, Father Gerard Sauer, pastor, led the June 6 procession. (Photos: Ted General)
  • Father Michael Falce, parochial vicar, was under the canopy carrying the monstrance in the procession.
  • Pipers from Xaverian H.S, Bay Ridge, marched in the procession.
  • Pope Francis leads Benediction of the Eucharist during Mass on the feast of Corpus Christi in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 6, 2021. (Photo: CNS/Stefano Spaziani, pool)
  • Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro holds a monstrance as he leads a Corpus Christi Mass in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue June 3, 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: CNS/Pilar Olivares, Reuters)
  • At St. Brigid Church, Bushwick, Father Joseph Dután held the monstrance under the canopy. (Photos: St. Brigid Church/Facebook)
  • As the large crowds walked throughout Bushwick, bands played alongside the faithful.
  • Father Joseph Dután holds the monstrance for benediction.
  • Parishioners from St. Brigid joined in during the Corpus Christi procession.
  • Father Carlos Velasquez also participated in the Corpus Christi procession at St. Brigid, Bushwick.
  • At Holy Family Church, Fresh Meadows, Father Sean Suckiel, pastor, leads the faithful outside the Queens parish for the procession. (Photos: Holy Family Church/Facebook)
  • The faithful follow the Eucharist on June 6 outside the Queens church.
  • Outside the Fresh Meadows church, Father Suckiel holds the blessed monstrance for benediction.
  • At Holy Child Jesus in Richmond Hill, Father Christopher Heanue gets ready to lead the neighborhood Corpus Christi procession. (Photos: ReggieTech Photography)
  • Parishioners continue to visit other houses for Eucharistic benediction. Here, they are walking underneath the train tracks on 109th street in Queens.
  • Seminarian Patrick Legoute assists Father Heanue during the solemn procession.
  • At Blessed Trinity parish, Breezy Point, Father Michael Louis Gelfant, pastor, begins the benediction. (Photos: Blessed Trinity Parish Facebook)
  • Holding the monstrance, Father Gelfant leads the Queens' faithful for the Corpus Christi procession.
  • Altar servers set out on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
  • In a solemn procession, Father Jeremy Canna, parochial vicar, leads the faithful as they walk along the beachside homes.