Twentieth Annual Archdiocesan Corpus Christi Procession

Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.
 —The Gospel according to St. Mark, 16:15

Solemnity of the Body
and Blood of Christ

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Little Sisters of the Poor
to the Cathedral of St. Paul

1:15 - 1:45 Shuttle buses leave
     continuously from the
     Cathedral parking lot

2:00 Gathering at Little Sisters’
     and procession

3:00 Benediction and ice cream social
     at the Cathedral of St. Paul

(Cathedral parish Masses are at noon and 5:00 p.m.)

Corpus Christi procession illumination from a 15th century Spanish breviary.

Join Catholics from throughout the Archdiocese for this joyful witness to Eucharistic faith, hope, and love.

All are welcome—families, clergy, religious, lay men and women, and organizations.

Help us spread the word! Print and post a flyer
(White paper is recommended for printing in color, light yellow paper for printing in black and white)


English flyer      Spanish flyer

Bulletin Announcements and Press Release
Sample church bulletin or Mass announcement and the press release.

Park and Ride: Cathedral
Park in the Cathedral parking lot on Selby and Summit Avenues and catch a free shuttle bus to the Little Sisters’ from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. (Please do not arrive earlier, so as to give the noon Mass-goers time to clear the parking lot).

Park and Ride: St. John the Baptist
835 2nd Avenue NW, New Brighton (map)
A single pick-up will be made at 12:45 p.m. Bus loads in parking lot.

March with your parish, religious community, or organization
Parishes, religious communities, and organizations are encouraged to march as a group and bring banners or flags.

Is your parish having a procession or other special observance for Corpus Christi?
If so, make sure it is listed here.

Pope Francis giving benediction with the Blessed Sacrament at the end of the Corpus Christi Mass and procession. Basilica of St. Mary Major, Rome, May 20, 2013.

Pope Francis

“The risen Jesus is always alive and present in His Church, above all in the Eucharist, the sacrament of His Body and Blood. Christ’s presence among us is not only a consolation, but also a promise and a summons. It is a promise that everlasting joy and peace will one day be ours in the fullness of His Kingdom. But it is also a summons to go forth, as missionaries, to bring the message of the Father’s tenderness, forgiveness and mercy to every man, woman and child.”

—Pope Francis, Homily for Corpus Christi,
May 30, 2013.

More reflections on the Holy Eucharist in the life of the Church

Procession Route
The faithful will gather in the beautiful backyard gardens of the Little Sisters of the Poor (330 Exchange St. S., St. Paul). The clergy and religious will process the Blessed Sacrament into the gardens for a brief time of adoration. Then the procession will proceed through beautiful Irvine Park, up Eagle Parkway to W 7th Street, then up Kellogg Boulevard and Summit Avenue, to the Cathedral of St. Paul (Summit Ave. and Selby Ave.) for the holy hour. The procession route is about 1 mile (route map).

For those who are unable to walk the procession: Please join us for the homily, Benediction, and ice cream social at the Cathedral.

Strollers and accessibility
We encourage the use of strollers for infants or small children. The route is paved and all curbs have step-free ramps.
At the Cathedral, there is a step-free ramp at the western door on the south (Selby Ave.) side and at the north side lower entrance (with elevator).

In case of inclement weather
The event will take place regardless of the weather. In the case of heavy and continuous rain, the entire event will take place at the Cathedral. You are encouraged to bring an umbrella, because we will walk in procession if there is only light and occasional showers (in which case we would start in the Little Sisters’ auditorium).

Priests and Deacons
The clergy vesting room is near the Little Sisters’ Holy Family chapel. Vesture is alb or cassock and surplice. Priests may wear a cope and deacons may wear a dalmatic. (Clergy will need to supply their own vestments.) Procession line-up is at 1:45 p.m. outside the chapel. At 1:45 clergy and religious will process with the Blessed Sacrament to the backyard garden (this initial procession is longer than in previous years).

Religious are invited to gather in the chapel for silent adoration before the Blessed Sacrament solemnly exposed. At 1:45 clergy and religious will process with the Blessed Sacrament to the backyard garden. Religious march at the head of the procession. If you have a banner identifying your community, please bring it and carry it in procession.

Other local Eucharistic processions and events

St. Jeanne Jugan

My Jesus, I have only You.

St. Jeanne Jugan (1792-1879), Foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Procession songs
As we walk with the Lord, really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, we sing in His honor.
View the song lyrics.

More on Corpus Christi, processions, and the Holy Eucharist
Check out prayers, reflections, and more on the Holy Eucharist.
History of the procession.

Backing the procession
The are still many opportunities
to help with and sponsor this year's procession.

Contact or (651) 239-8574.

The Archdiocesan Corpus Christi Procession is sponsored by the Office of Worship of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and St. Peter's Prayer Community.
It is made possible by the assistance of many donors and volunteers.
Special thanks to:

Media sponsor Relevant Radio 1130 AM

Seminarians of St. Paul Seminary and St. John Vianney Seminary
St. Michael Broadcasting UHF Channel 16,
   The Catholic Spirit, and The Catholic Servant (announcements and ads)
St. Peter's Prayer Community, Church of St. Peter–North St. Paul
Stephen and Jenni’s Domestic Church (ice cream)
the City of St. Paul
and the many volunteers, donors, and supporters of the Archdiocesan Corpus Christi Procession.

Contact us
For more information on how you, your family, or group can participate in the Archdiocesan Corpus Christi Procession, to reserve seating for your group, or to volunteer or contribute, contact Greg Smisek at or (651) 239-8574.

    “The devout participation of the faithful in the Eucharistic procession on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ is a grace from the Lord which yearly fills with joy those who take part in it.”¯

    “In the humble signs of bread and wine, changed into His body and blood, Christ walks beside us as our strength and our food for the journey, and He enables us to become, for everyone, witnesses of hope. If, in the presence of this mystery, reason experiences its limits, the heart, enlightened by the grace of the Holy Spirit, clearly sees the response that is demanded, and bows low in adoration and unbounded love.”¯

—Pope St. John Paul II, encyclical letter Ecclesia de Eucharistia (Holy Thursday 2003), nn. 10 and 62.

More reflections on the Holy Eucharist in the life of the Church