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Cardinal Tagle leads celebration of Corpus Christi


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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle leads the faithful in the celebration of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) on June 18, 2017 at Santa Cruz Church, Manila.


This year, the celebration is aligned with the theme of the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities. The Pastoral Exhortation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), "Parishes as Wellspring of Mercy and Renewal" states that "Parishes and communities will be renewed by living the Eucharist whom we receive every day. The Eucharist is the poverty of Jesus disturbing the complacency of the wealthy; it is the wealthy sacrificing house, family, and fortune to lift up the poor from their poverty. It is the Word of God inviting the confused, the lonely, the bored, the suffering to the joy of the Gospel.”

The celebration will be highlighted with the procession from Santa Cruz Parish to the Manila Cathedral at 4:00 p.m.

The preceding activities on that day will start with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a talk on “Pamayanang Nabubuhay sa Katawan at Dugo ni Kristo, Daluyan ng Biyaya Para sa Mundo” by Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David of the Diocese of Caloocan at 2:10 p.m.

Cardinal Tagle will preside at the Mass for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi at 3 p.m. The Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament follows the procession to Manila Cathedral.

Corpus Christi is a Catholic feast celebrated on the first Thursday after Trinity Sunday (60 days after Easter). It is the transformation of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ during consecration in the Holy Eucharist. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)