On Sunday, June 23,2019, a Corpus Christi procession went through the heart of the Capitol Hill area in Washington, D.C. It was named it “Corpus Christi in the Capital.” The procession went about one mile, past the Capitol and Supreme Court, ending at St. Joseph’s Church (313 2nd St. NE).
According to Msgr. Charles Pope who led the procession they sang and prayed, with testimony being more visual than verbal. Jesus in the Eucharist was carried by priests of the Church with great solemnity, under a canopy of honor, surrounded by six torchbearers, and accompanied by the sounds of praise and adoration and the smell of incense.
Msgr. Pope wrote: “He who loves you and died for you is passing by. He is calling you now to the repentance that gives joy. His power is not worldly and passing but heavenly and eternal. Yes, let us praise and adore Him, who alone can save us. In a city of potentates here is the true King, without whom nothing is possible!”
They passed by the Capitol and the Supreme Court, begging that His blessing and truth be established there.
Pope explained they did not march in a triumphalist manner but in reparation for the sins and shortcomings of the members of the Church, both clergy and lay.
Msgr. Pope said they cried for God’s mercy on us and on our nation. Without grace and mercy, we do not stand a chance, but with the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.
He also asked those who could not join to unite with in prayer and purpose. Pope wrote: We pray for ourselves and our nation, we make reparation for our sins and those of this land, and we remind others that Christ is King, Lord, Savior, and our only hope. May the heart of Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored, and loved with great affection at every moment in all the tabernacles of the world even unto the end of time.
Edited from the Archdiocese of Washington Blog by Msgr. Charles Pope