More than 1000 walked in procession

Herald
28 June 2015

More than 1000 walked in procession

By Lucia Lai
123About 1,000 people from all over Penang walked in a journey of faith with the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of Corpus Christi.

The Corpus Christi celebration was organized by City Parish on June 7. It began with a Eucharistic Celebration at the Church of the Assumption, followed by the procession along Penang Road, ending at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Fr Joachim Robert was the main celebrant for the Eucharistic Celebration in five languages (English, Tamil, Mandarin, Malay and Tagalog). Joining him were Fr Nelson Chitty, Msgr Bernard Paul and Fr Gerard Theraviam.

In his homily, Fr Joachim said that at every Eucharistic Celebration we attend, we recall what Jesus instituted at the last supper some 2,000 years ago.

He said, “Jesus’ very life was a pattern of the Eucharist: takes, blesses, breaks and gives to us, to put us back in the right relationship with God.”

“As we celebrate the Body and Blood of Christ, we are invited to examine our lives and see where we have not been obedient to God’s Word.”

The people were reminded that, when they go on procession, the journey is a witness and expression of their faith, not only as individuals, but as a community.

After Mass, the Blessed Sacrament was transferred onto an open lorry decorated with lovely flowers and a bright spotlight.

The multi-lingual choir followed the lorry and hymns in the five languages were sung throughout the procession.

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About 1000 people from all over Penang, walked 2km in a journey of faith, with the presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of Corpus Christi.

 The Corpus Christi celebration was organized by City Parish again for the fifth time successively, on 7 June 2015. It began with an Eucharistic Celebration at the Church of the Assumption, followed by procession, passing through one of the busiest road in Penang (Penang Road), ending at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Fr Joachim Robert was the main celebrant for the Eucharistic Celebration, which was in five languages (English, Tamil, Mandarin, Malay and Tagalog).  Joining him were Fr Nelson Chitty, Msgr Bernard Paul and Fr Gerard Theraviam.

At his homily, Fr Joachim said that at every Eucharistic Celebration that we attends, we recall what Jesus instituted at the last supper some 2000 years ago.

He said, “Jesus’ very life was a pattern of the Eucharist, where He take – take His live freely, bless – consecrates his whole life to the Father, break – dying to his own will and give – freely giving His life for the service of others so as to put us back in the right relationship with God.”

Referring to the second reading, he said that Jesus entered the sanctuary and shed his blood. Jesus did this so that we might be cleansed from our sins and by his passion, death and resurrection, He allows us to experience the grace of transformation in our lives, family and community.

He stressed that if our lives, family and community are not growing in love and charity, then there’s something wrong, as being Christians, we should always pattern our lives like Jesus, to live an Eucharistic life, to take, , bless, break and give.

“Today as we celebrate the Body & Blood of Christ, we are invited to examine our lives and see where we have not been obedient to God’s Word. For example, the time we have not live in communion and love, the time we have been competing against one another rather than being witness to Christ.”

The people were reminded that when they go on the procession, the journey will not only be a witness of their faith but also an expression of their faith, not only as individuals but as a community.

“As we walk on the streets with Jesus, we are reminded that we are called to take our lives, bless – consecrate our lives to Jesus, break – dying to our selfishness and give – for the service of one another.”

When Mass ended, the Blessed Sacrament was transferred to an open lorry with canopy and decorated with lovely flowers and a bright spotlight. Fr Nelson, the parish priest carried it to the lorry,   accompanied by flower girls. With Fr Nelson, were Fr Joachim and Fr Gerrard on board the lorry.

The multi-lingual choir were behind the lorry. They had their musical instruments on top of a small lorry and hymns in all languages were sung throughout the procession, except during the stops for veneration.

The faithful followed behind with lit candles and joined in the hymns. The Bishop of Penang, Rt Rev Sebastian Francis joined the procession on foot when it was about halfway.

There were there stops all together, where different priests lifted up the Blessed Sacrament while altar servers incensed it and bells were rung. All the faithful knelt down on the road, in reverence and respect.

When the Blessed Sacrament reached the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, it was carried inside the church by Fr Joachim and veneration followed.

NOTE:  Pictures gallery

Earlier article from the Star paper ‘ Parishioners brave heat for walk of faith

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