• Sarah Beth Dippel

DAY 27: EUCHARISTIC PROCESSIONS

Scrolling through FB in the last few days, I have seen numerous posts of priests and bishops processing around their towns and city streets with the Eucharist. Every time I stop my scroll and adore. Moved by their belief in the power of the Eucharist. In one such procession, a priest walked between hundreds of cars gathered for a glimpse of their Lord. In another instance, a monsignor rode in the back of a pickup truck through neighborhoods surrounding his church for hours. Parishioners were posting their sightings of the Lord on their FB feed all afternoon and into the evening.

What is a Eucharistic procession?

The Eucharist is the real presence of Jesus Christ, body, blood, soul, and divinity. For a Eucharistic procession, the Eucharist is placed within a monstrance and carried by a priest in procession. The Eucharist is the visible reminder of the Lord's constant presence.

Why are priests taking to the streets with the Eucharist?

There are numerous accounts of the Blessed Sacrament protecting His people. This story of St. Clare of Assisi's unfailing belief in the power of the Eucharist is one of my favorites. St. Clare placed the Blessed Sacrament on the walls of the convent when it faced attack by invading Saracens. St. Clare prayed, "I beseech you, dear Lord, protect these whom I am now unable to protect." To her sisters, she said, "Don't be afraid. Trust in Jesus." The Saracens fled. Dear brothers and sisters, Don't be afraid. Trust in Jesus. #livinglent2

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