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Corpus Christi Procession Draws Thousands to the Streets of Toronto

Posted : Jun-03-2024

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On Sunday, June 2, on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ - often referred to as “the Feast of Corpus Christi” - the Most Reverend Francis Leo, Metropolitan Archbishop of Toronto led a Eucharistic procession through the streets of downtown Toronto following the Noon Mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica.

A large representation of lay groups and associations took part alongside many clergy and religious. Close to 2,000 members of the Catholic community comprised of parishioners from the cathedral and others throughout the archdiocese joined the procession that both started and finished at St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica.

In his homily, Archbishop Leo encouraged the faithful to live a Eucharistic lifestyle, saying, “We celebrate the Eucharist on the Lord’s day, with our family and community of believers.”

“Sunday Mass: nothing greater this side of Heaven.”

In addition, Archbishop Leo outlined how our relationships with others can further enhance living a Eucharistic life, “We ask ourselves, ‘how can I give of myself and be self-giving and loving to others?’ That’s a Eucharistic lifestyle.”

“Just like the bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Christ, how can I be transformative in the life of others?”

Eucharistic processions on this special day began in the 13th century and became a common practice in parishes all over the world by the early 14th century. They remain a mainstay in many parish calendars to this day. Dozens of other parishes throughout the archdiocese also held processions in honour of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

A special thank you to all who helped make this procession possible – parishioners, lay movements, organizations and religious communities, and of course the staff and volunteer team at the Cathedral Basilica - all played a special role on this occasion, and we are very grateful for their support.

Click here to watch our video recap on YouTube.