On Saturday, May 20, two days following the solemnity of the Ascension, a eucharistic procession took place in Washington, D.C., where a group of several hundred Catholics marched through the streets to publicly offer prayers and show reverence towards the body of Christ. Catholic Information Center (CIC) Director Father Charles Trullols led the procession, which commenced at the CIC premises with a Benediction. Before commencing the procession through the city, the participants knelt in reverence before the Eucharist, which was displayed in a monstrance. They also sang the hymn “Salutaris Hostia” by St. Thomas Aquinas. Along the way, the attendees made three stops at altar stations for moments of silent prayer.
Catholic News Agency reports:
A few hundred Catholics marched through the streets of Washington, D.C., to publicly pray and adore the body of Christ during a eucharistic procession on Saturday, May 20, two days after the solemnity of the Ascension.
The procession, led by Catholic Information Center (CIC) Director Father Charles Trullols, began at the CIC building at 1501 K St., NW, and passed by Lafayette Square, which overlooks the White House, and by the Veterans Affairs Building. It ended with Benediction back at the CIC.
“This was the best event ever, because we honored Jesus Christ in the holy Eucharist downtown, Washington, D.C.,” Grace Sims, 66, Arlington resident, told CNA after the Benediction.
Procession participants knelt before the Eucharist displayed in a monstrance and sang St. Thomas Aquinas’ hymn “Salutaris Hostia” before beginning the procession through the city. Attendees stopped at three altar stations for silent prayer. At the first altar, Trullols read from the Gospel of John and at the second altar, he delivered a homily. At the third altar, he celebrated Benediction.
During the procession, attendees prayed the joyful mysteries of the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. They also sang hymns, which included “Immaculate Mary.”
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