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Processions in the Liturgy truly embody the public worship of God. The Church through Her processions invite Her children to leave the four walls of the sacred edifice in order to go out into the streets to show to all the mysteries of our Faith.

Dom Gueranger writes in his Liturgical Year: “Not satisfied today with elevating the Bread of Life immediately after the Consecration, She will carry It beyond the precincts of Her churches, amidst clouds of incense, and on paths strewn with flowers; and Her children, on bended knee, will adore, under heaven's vaulted canopy, Him Who is their King and their God.”

On the Feast of Corpus Christi, the priest carries the Sacred Host, leading his flock. This was prefigured in the Old Testament when the Levites carried the Ark of the Covenant leading the Israelites on their journey in the desert. The Israelites in the Old Testament prefigured the faithful of the Church. More than mere manna which was contained in the Ark, the Bread that we have is the Body of our Savior who offers us the promise of entering the New Jerusalem, heaven.

Across the United States, the body of believers pour out from the church buildings into the streets to confess their Faith as they walk behind the Sacred Host to manifest their faith in Him.

St. Thomas, secondary patron of the Institute, sums up this sentiment of Faith in the Eucharistic Lord:


O salutaris hostia,
quae caeli pandis ostium,
bella premunt hostilia;
da robur, fer auxilium.

O saving Victim, opening wide
the gate of heaven to all below:
our foes press on from every side;
Thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow.

Apostolates represented in photo gallery:

St. Louis: St. Francis de Sales Oratory (Photos courtesy of Owen Barry Photography)  

Green Bay: St. Patrick Oratory

Wausau: St. Mary’s Oratory (Photos courtesy of Joe Fink)

Milwaukee: St. Stanislaus Oratory in conjunction with St. Anthony and St. Vincent de Paul parishes (Photos courtesy of Patrick Wesley)

Chicago: Shrine of Christ the King (Photos courtesy of Xavier Boudreau)

Rockford: St. Mary’s Oratory

Kansas City: Old St. Patrick’s Oratory

Oakland: St. Margaret Mary (Photos courtesy of Jay Balza)

San Jose: Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory (Photos courtesy of Jay Balza)

Bridgeport, Connecticut: Sts. Cyril and Methodius Oratory