Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Eucharistic Processions (Part III)

Santa Christina - Site of the Miracle
After lunch in Orvieto we went to the very site of the Eucharistic Miracle in Bolsena. Bolsena is situated on a large volcanic lake about 20km from Orvieto. The panorama is stunning.

We joined the community of Bolsena for their Corpus Christi Mass and Eucharistic Procession. In Bolsena the procession followed the same format as the two previous processions I've participated in this past week, but with a special flare. Most of the 2+ hour procession was lined by a mosaic of flower. The millions of tiny flower petals were arranged along the route of the procession so that the priest carrying the Blessed Sacrament would walk over the flowers. I have a feeling the tradition began simply by throwing flower petals in front of the Eucharist as it passed by and developed into full mosaic art. The work was breathtaking. The amazing thing is that the whole town must have helped do the work because it must have to be done in one or maybe two days so that the petals don't wilt or blow away. The other amazing thing was the sweet fragrance of the millions of petals laid out beautifully as a pathway for Our Lord in the Eucharist. Hopefully a few of the pictures I was able to snap give you an idea of the scene.
I must confess after finishing the second procession I was pretty tired. It was 8:30 PM by the time procession found its way back to the church after beginning at 6:00 PM. Indeed God was praised.

In all Corpus Christi Sunday 2012 was an unforgettable experience. Eucharistic processions are not unique to Rome,Orvieto and Bolsena. Granted they are special in those places, but all over the world Catholics go to the streets with Our Lord in the Eucharist to proclaim our faith in his Real Presence just as He promised:
"and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Mt 28:20)