Today, on the glorious feast of Corpus Christi, my family and I were privileged to attend Holy Mass at a church that, a few years ago, started an annual tradition of a Corpus Christi processional: St. Mary of the Annunciation in Rockwood, Michigan. The day started out rainy and cool. Would the procession have to be cancelled? I sent up a quick prayer to St. Therese, who used to love walking in the annual procession as a young girl. I knew she'd understand.
Lo and behold, as we began the processional, the clouds cleared a bit and a ray of sunshine came through!
People watched from their homes as the Eucharist passed by in their streets. The procession stopped at three temporary altars erected in the blocks surrounding the church.
The beautiful statue of Our Lady was reverently carried through the neighborhood. What struck me was how utterly quiet it was. No one was mowing the lawn, edging the driveway, or making any noise. The only sound was the people singing "Immaculate Mary" and reciting "Hail Holy Queen" and other prayers. It was a peaceful and lovely display of our Catholic faith in the Real Presence of the Eucharist.
Afterwards, Benediction was held in the church. Father Jim Rafferty is an exemplary priest whose reverence for the Eucharist is an inspiration for all of us in the Detroit area.
I snapped this shot of an altar boy extinguishing the candles after Benediction.
I am sure Our Lady was pleased today!