Photoblog: Penang’s Feast of Corpus Christ

Incensing (blessing) the Eucharist in the Monstrance before the procession.

Nearly 1,500 Catholics in Penang island celebrated the Feast of the Corpus Christi also known as Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ on 10 June with a Mass and a procession on the street.

The event was organised by City Parish, Penang, which has four churches under its. Five priests and Emeritus Archbishop Soter Fernandez were present to celebrate Mass and join in the procession.

The Mass which began at 5.30pm, was held at the Penang’s UNESCO World Heritage Icon, Church of the Assumption in Farquhar Street.

Catholics believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. The consecrated Eucharist host, which is placed in the Monstrance is blessed and carried in procession on a decorated lorry.

The faithful believe that they are ‘walking with Jesus’, the Eucharist host in the Monstrance representing Jesus.

After the Mass at the Assumption Church, the procession began. Several flower girls strew flowers on the road to for the Monstrance path before and after it was placed in the vehicle.

The people held lighted candles and sang songs of praise while walking along the 2km route.

It wound its way through Penang Road until it reach the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows in Macalister Road.

During the procession, the vehicle carrying the Monstance stopped three times for people to venerate the Eucharist.

The priest lifted up the Monstrance three times, while all the people knelt in reverence of the Eucharist.

When the procession reached its destination at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, there was a Benediction service after which the congregation adjourned for fellowship and dinner.

The congregation at the Assumption Church for the Mass.
The 5 priests, 1 Archbishop and 1 Deacon at the Mass.
Fr Julien carrying the monstrance from the church to the vehicle.
The parish priest of City Parish, Fr Dominic on top the vehicle with the Monstrance.
The procession, coming out from the Assumption Church.
Part of the crowd who joined in the celebration, with candles.
The people kneeling down in reverance, in the middle of the street, when the Monstrance was raised.The vehicle made 3 stops where the Monstrance was raised and all knelt down.
The procession at about three quarters of the route.
Flower girls at the entrance of the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, strewing flowers for a flower carpet.
Reaching its destination, Fr Dominic carried the Monstrance to enter the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Benediction service inside the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows. The Monstrance was lifted up for veneration amidst a thick cloud of incense.
The congregation inside the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Dinner time.
Fellowship and dinner inside the canteen.
Chairs are placed outside at the compound too to cater to the large crowd.
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