Today is the feast of Corpus Christi, to my mind the greatest feast day in the whole Christian calandar. It is a great pity that the bishops of England and Wales decided in 2006 to transfer the celebration of this feast to the following Sunday, thus in effect depriving it of ita status as a Holyday of Obligation.
In times gone by, it would be the occasion of many outdoor processions, and there was a particularly prominent one in Midsdlesbrough. When I was at school, it was a holiday as well as a holyday. Nowadays the feast passes almost unnoticed. For anyone who is lucky enough to live in a part of the country where there is a Corpus Christi procession, taking part would be a rewarding way of professing the faith in a public way.
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