Archdiocese Celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ)

  • The Archdiocese of Portland will be holding a Eucharistic Procession on the Feast of The Body and Blood of Jesus (Corpus Christi), Sunday, June 23.


    Mass: 2 p.m. – Cathedral of St. Mary
    All are welcome to attend the Mass celebrated by Archbishop Sample. Priests are encouraged to concelebrate or attend in choir. Since most of the faithful will celebrate Mass in their own parish it is expected that many will attend just for the procession. Those faithful who attend the Cathedral Mass and are to be commissioned by the Archbishop as EMHCs will be asked to stand after the homily and the Commissioning contained in the Book of Blessings will be celebrated.

    Procession: 3 p.m. – Gather in Cathedral School Parking Lot
    At the conclusion of Mass the Archbishop will process the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance to the main entrance of the Cathedral. The procession led by the Knights of Columbus and seminarians and clergy will go past the school parking lot. Coming after the Blessed Sacrament the various, parishes, groups and sodalities will be followed by the faithful. The procession route will lead us to the North Park Blocks.

    Rosary: 3:30 p.m. – North Park Blocks
    When the Blessed Sacrament arrives at the North Park Blocks it will be placed on an altar for quiet adoration while the rest of the procession arrives. When the procession has arrived the Rosary will commence. The Rosary will be led by 5 language groups: English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese & Latin. The faithful can respond to the prayers in their own language. The Lourdes hymn will be sung at the end of the Rosary as we prepare to leave. After the Rosary the procession in the same order will return to the Cathedral.

    Benediction: 4:15 p.m. 
    When the Archbishop arrives at the Cathedral he will place the monstrance on the altar for a period of quiet adoration as the people enter the church. When all are present the Benediction will begin with the hymn Tantum Ergo and proceed in the usual manner. At the conclusion of the Benediction the deacon will repose the Blessed Sacrament and the Archbishop will lead the procession out of the Cathedral to the main doors where he will greet the faithful.

    Other Information

    • The procession will follow the route of NW Davis to the North Park Blocks. The route is approximately 0.6 miles each way.
    • prayerful silence is to be maintained during our procession.
    • The procession will be on the sidewalks of the route so please plan accordingly.
    • No registration is necessary and all are welcome to join in any part of the procession, Rosary and Benediction.
    • Volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions.
    • Please follow the instructions of the volunteers who will be guiding our procession.
    • All must follow the general traffic laws that apply to our route.
    • If you cannot join the procession you are welcome to meet at the North Park Blocks (corner of Everett & NW 8th Ave) for the Rosary (approx. 3:30pm).
    • There is no seating available at the North Park Blocks.
    • Please bring your own water bottle if needed & please take all litter away with you.

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