The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, historically known by its Latin name, Corpus Christi, celebrates the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. It is traditionally celebrated on the first Sunday following the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity and this year in Doncaster on Sunday, 23 June, hundreds turned out in force to take to the streets for the annual Corpus Christi procession. All ages and nationalities were represented in a joyful celebration of one of the highlights of the Catholic calendar.
The procession started from St Peter-in-Chains, Chequer Road, led by Fr Darren Reid and supported by priests, lay and religious members from the different Christian denominations and Catholic communities across Doncaster. First Communicants, many from the Polish community, were resplendent in their First Holy Communion outfits as they led the way through the streets of Doncaster strewing flower petals along the route.
Despite worries about the event being rained off, the weather turned out to be fine and with as large a crowd in support of the procession as anyone could remember. The success of the event was in no small part thanks to the support of Doncaster Council and South Yorkshire Police who assisted with road closures and the provision of a canopy and temporary altar table for the monstrance in Gresley Square, where the procession paused for prayer.
There was standing room only as the event concluded with Benediction and prayers back at St Peter-in-Chains.