KOTA KINABALU – Sacred Heart Cathedral here celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) with a candlelight procession on 17 June 2017.
The procession started after the post-Communion prayer from the cathedral to the parish centre via the back lane through the two kindergartens. Benediction was given by Father Rhobby Mojolou after a period of silent adoration.
Joining Fr Mojolou were Father Max Hontor, the extraordinary ministers of holy Communion (EMCs) who have just renewed their commitment to serve for another year after the homily, the LJCCC choir, and all the faithful present for the Sunset Mass.
Of the 32 EMCs, 13 serve during the cathedral’s Sunset Mass, 13 the Sunday Morning Mass, and six at the Morning Mass at the Carmelite Chapel. Those serving in the Chinese and BM Masses would renew their commitment the next day at the 7 am Chinese Mass and 10:45 am BM Mass respectively. Those serving in Church of Mary Immaculate Bukit Padang would renew their commitment at the 9 am Mass.
Before Second World War (1939-1945), the Corpus Christi Procession was a grand annual affair and an open witness of the faith in many mission stations. Everyone took part in it. The religious, nurses, boy scouts and girl guides, students, groups, each dressed in their uniforms, would take part in the solemn procession. This was replicated in the 1950s and 1960s.
Now in most churches, the procession is confined only to church premises.