We observed the Feast of Corpus Christi this past Sunday in our parish . For the first time in many years this beautiful feast day, honoring Jesus' True Presence in the Eucharist was celebrated with a traditional Eucharist Procession around the parish grounds.As the 12:30 Mass ended, the congregation followed behind the Priest who carried the monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament. The large crowd dwindled to about 150, who persevered under the hot midday sun, singing hymns and recitng the Rosary at each of three altars. Various parish groups led prayers of petition and led the rosary prayers at each stop. The choir led us in singing many traditional hymns along the way. I had never particiapted in a Corpus Christi Procession and I have to say, I felt transported back to a time where the Church was actually the center of a community's life. Where people didn't feel strange about publicly expressing their religious faith. This was a feeling I hadn't experienced in over twenty years, when my husband and I spent a week in Medugorje. In this small village in the former Yugoslavia, people are completely open about their devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Catholic Church. I remember waking early in the morning to the hymns being sung by pilgrims walking along the dirt road on the way to Mass. People walking through the street, Rosaries in hand, a prayer on the lips, and a song in the heart. The thought of this kind of public expression of our Faith is one that is foreign to most of us. But I can't help but I feel a certain nostalgia for something I never actually experienced. I look forward to next year's procession and wonder what other traditons our new pastor may restore in our parish as he strives to bring about a greater reverence for the Eucharist.