GALLERY: Sun shines on Corpus Christi Procession
Hundreds of people gathered in Falkirk on Sunday for a Corpus Christi parade.
They were a public witness to the Eucharistic Christ, singing hymns glorifying His name through the town centre.
Thanks to Fr Daniel Doherty and the team at St Francis Xavier's for hosting!
Join us for Corpus Christi Procession in Falkirk
Join Archbishop Leo Cushley, clergy and Catholics from across the Archdiocese for a Corpus Christi procession in Falkirk this Sunday (11 June).
It takes place on the Feast of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ this Sunday and begins at 2:30pm at the Bandstand in High Street.
Archbishop Cushley said: "This is an opportunity for Catholics across the Archdiocese to come together on the Feast of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ.
"I invite you to join me to be a public witness to the Eucharistic Christ as we celebrate the presence of the living Lord in the Sunday Eucharist and in the Blessed Sacrament."
Where/When to meet
Gather at the bandstand in Falkirk High Street from 2:00pm. We begin at 2:30pm. Google Map here.
We will walk down the High Street before turning right onto Hope Street where St Francis Xavier's Church is based. This is expected to take around 15-20 minutes.
What happens en route?
Archbishop Leo Cushley will carry the Blessed Sacrament under a canopy. Eucharistic hymns will be sung and a booklet of hymns will be provided. Stewards will be on hand to guide us along the route.
Will bystanders know what's happening?
Probably not, so event volunteers will be equipped with a simple leaflet which explains to bystanders what we're doing and why we're doing it.
What happens at the Church?
Once we arrive at St Francis Xavier's there will be a period of adoration and a simple Benediction service. This will take around 15 mins.
Yes, served in the church hall after Benediction.
Where can I park?
Parking is free in Falkirk town centre on Sundays and there are plenty of public parking options. Parking spaces at the church are limited. There is an Asda across the road from the church with free parking (a 10 min walk to the Bandstand where the procession begins).
Notes for parents
If your child is an altar server please encourage them to wear their cassock. If your child recently made their First Holy Communion please dress them in what they wore on that day.
Corpus Christi Procession
Join Archbishop Leo Cushley, clergy and Catholics from across the Archdiocese for this Corpus Christi procession in Falkirk.
- Takes place on the Feast of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ (Sun 11 June 2023).
- Starts at 2:30pm sharp at the Bandstand in High Street (Map location: https://goo.gl/maps/PKruqnEJejixPdk48)
- Archbishop Cushley will lead the procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the town centre to St Francis Xavier's Church, Hope Street.
- Benediction will take place at the Church.
- Refreshments served after in church hall.
- Children who have recently received First Holy Communion are welcome to wear the clothes/dresses they wore for that Mass
- Altar servers should wear their albs/robes.
Corpus Christi Procession
As part of the Eucharistic renewal in the Archdiocese this liturgical year, you are invited to take part in a Corpus Christi procession, led by Archbishop Cushley, at St Francis Xavier’s in Falkirk on Sunday 19 June at 3pm
Gather at the Bandstand in High Street before processing to St Francis Xavier’s Parish (around 20 min walk). Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/MfJLV1oC1ec5tSwGA
This is a major event for the Archdiocese and should be a beautiful and prayerful experience (as well as a chance to be a witness to the Eucharistic Christ in public).
First Holy Communicants, altar servers and there families are especially welcome (wear you kilts/suits/dresses/albs!)