Rorate Caeli

Corpus Christi procession and benediction - Rome, A.D. 1960

From the altar of the Ara Caeli [on top of the Capitol], spiritual and political center of ancient Rome, the mysterious and at the same time glorious procession, moving around the edges of the Capitol, arrived here, in front of the Colosseum; and here it stops, as a majestic symbol of the triumph of Christ and of his Church, under the arch of Constantine, before another altar, mobile if you wish, as the tents in the desert signing the passage of human and divine conquests, but an affirmation of the memories of the past, impressed upon the currentness of the present. O, noble and glorious edict of Constantine, proclaiming throughout the centuries the freedom of the Church of Christ; o, voices of the human generations who passed here, celebrating under this arch the perennial hymn of the Christian faith of all ages.
June 16, 1960

[Tip: Cantuale Antonianum, cf. sidebar]


Long-Skirts said...


"...there is no such thing as ordinary wine, not since God chose wine to be His blood." (Myles Connolly)

Turned from wine
Blood of Christ
As He made water
Wine high-priced.

Turned from bread
Flesh of Christ
Multiplied loaves
Bread more than thriced.

Turned from man
Priest of Christ
Died but lives
Man spiritually-spliced.

Blood, Flesh
Man, Priest...
My Body daily
Sacrificial Feast!

...thank you for you blog, happy, happy Feast day!!

John Ritchie said...

This Eucharistic miracle is most moving.