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You Report: Corpus Christi in Front Royal, Virginia

Our reader Paul Davidson sends us this report of the Corpus Christi Mass and Procession in Front Royal, Virginia (pictures taken by Mr. Tom McFadden):

Immediately following the weekly Sunday 12:30 P.M. Traditional Latin Mass in the main church, attended by two to three hundred faithful, the Pastor mounted the Most Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance upon the main altar, all knelt and sang "O Salutaris Hostia", then from in front of the altar the Procession began.

Continuing out the main front doors of the church, behind the Blessed Sacrament the Procession went down the steps and into the street. Many altar servers (all boys - we have no altar girls in our parish), including candle-bearers and two swinging thuribles (with plenty of "holy smoke"!), a Knights of Columbus Honor Guard, and the four men holding up the canopy on poles over the Pastor bearing the Holy Sacrament in the monstrance, led the Procession, followed by the parish choir, the First Communion Class in their beautiful white dresses and veils, and the Legion of Mary, and then the congregation from the Mass.
As the town police stopped traffic for the Procession, we proceeded down Main Street to the Town Gazebo where an altar had been set up. Along the way townspeople and tourists watched from the sidewalks. We sang Eucharistic hymns as we processed.

At the town gazebo, everyone knelt - on cement, on brick surface, on grass - as the Pastor celebrated Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in Latin. All sang the traditional Latin hymns. We then prayed the Fatima Prayers. When all this was done, the Procession lined up as described above and we all processed back to the church, singing Eucharistic hymns once again. Inside the church, the Parochial Vicar celebrated Benediction at the main altar. At the close, everyone loudly and thankfully sang the hymn "Holy God, we Praise Thy Name." For those who wished to remain, an ice cream social was then enjoyed in the parish hall.


  1. Anonymous2:25 PM

    I'm jealous. We got nothing, no processions, no adoration. All we ever get is "ordinary" time.

    SP still has had no affects on us in our diocese. Please pray for us poor unfortunates.

  2. Anonymous4:26 PM

    It was Disabilities Sunday for us in Richmond.

  3. Anonymous6:07 PM

    God bless America where one can find such testimonies of faith that not even here in Italy is found, not in my parish at any rate

  4. Anonymous8:02 PM

    There was nothing, in the Diocese of Raleigh, for the Feast of Corpus Christi.
    At least nothing on the Diocesan webpage about it.
    I went to Holy Mass, this past Thursday,Feast of Corpus Christi, and the priest did not say word one about the Feast day.
    It was a 15 minute race of a Novus Ordo Mass where every one of the 12 people that were assisting showed their respects to God by recieving Him standing and in the hands.
    I was the only one that showed the proper respact for the Triune Godhead and recieved Him: against diocesan norms, on my knees and on the toungue.
    There was no procession there.
    There wasn't a single procession in the few churches that offer the TLM, in the state, on Thursday, that I know of.

    So much for the Awesome Feast of Corpus Christi.
    Why did the Church even institute it, if the Feast is only going to be discarded like an inconvienant duty?

    Good to hear that Front Royal still believes in God.

    Dan Hunter

  5. Anonymous5:14 AM

    Are there any Christian societies remaining in the West? The more I watch the contemporary world the more I must say that the conservative dissenters at Vatican II were correct in what they portended.

  6. I wonder what the natives thought of the whole thing... does anyone know if this was done before in Front Royal? (Besides at Christendom College.)

  7. "All we ever get is "ordinary" time."

    Indeed! Ordinary time & ordinary form. All of their bishops are ordinary.

    There is nothing extraordinary in the NO. New Ordinariness is its underlying tone.

  8. Anonymous5:13 PM

    This is where Summorum Pontificum is going to have its biggest effects: the priests/dioceses/religious orders which are orthodox and love the Pope, but which haven't really done much with the TLM before (think Mother Angelica's Franciscan priests, priests in dioceses like Arlington and Lincoln, Fr. Groeschel's Franciscans, The Institute of the Incarnate Word, many others). We knew from the getgo the liberals wouldn't want much to do with the TLM, but the coalition of those who support the Extraordinary Form is growing, and is including more and more bishops.

  9. Johnny Domer

    The more people see the real Roman Catholic liturgy in public the more they will realise that the NO is just not Catholic. My young children have been to few Holy Masses in Latin because we live in a remote lieu for the present but they can understand that the two liturgical forms are not the same rite. To claim this is mere modernist-speak - as Professor Amerio has indicated: the emptying of the true meaning from words. When they are placed in perspective they look, sound and feel in diametrical opposition. One built Roman Christendom into a mighty and united edifice with Saints to match while the novel form stripped the traditional of its processions and marvellous feasts and octaves as well as its aesthetically Roman Catholic atmosphere and has reduced the modern post-conciliar church to a babel of liturgical confusion, doctrinal ambiguities, sectarian division and underlying radical disunity.

    A priest once said to me that when the two rites are given equal opportunity then this will signal the death knell of liturgical novelty. Provided, the caretakers of The Latin Mass of All Times are vigilant and ensure there are no neomodernising tendencies allowed free reign with the Holy Mass in Latin, this would appear a reasonable hypothesis. However, beware the stealth priestess, the entertainer-presbyter, the improvisor-liturgists and the altar-servettes. Beware!

  10. Re: papabear

    I went to Christendom and lived in Front Royal for a couple years after graduation. The Corpus Christi procession in town was a regular occurrence when I was there, but I don't know when it started.


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