Blessed Sacrament Procession
Since the middle ages, the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament is a form of veneration of the Body of Christ.
The Blessed Sacrament Procession affirms three things:
- affirmation of the real presence of Christ in the Sacred Host consecrated,
- affirmation of our need to see the One who loves us,
- affirmation that the son of God is always among us, in our joys and sorrows.
the order of the procession
A few minutes before 5.00pm a Deacon with a small number of faithful will transfer the Monstrance from the Tent of Adoration to the altar on the Prairie. Pilgrims will gather in this area.
After a few minutes of Reposition at the awning, the Procession will commence. The sick and disabled pilgrims will be at the front, the Blessed Sacrament at the end surrounded by a representative of each group of sick pilgrims and some "symbols".
In the Underground Basilica of St. Pius X, those arriving in procession will join those already there and the Blessed Sacrament will be placed on the Altar. The time of Eucharistic Adoration and the Blessing of the Sick will follow the usual pattern. The celebration will conclude no later than 18.10 on the ordinary days.
From April till the end of October, this procession takes place each day at 5.00 pm from the Open-Air Altar on the Meadow opposite the Grotto to the Underground Basilica of St. Pius X. It normally last about one hour. On days when it is raining or in extreme heat, the entire celebration takes place in the Underground Basilica.
To participate in the Choir for this celebration it is necessary to present oneself at the Choir area of the Basilica no later than 4.15pm. The choir is open to all pilgrims of the usual languages of the Sanctuary. All priests are welcome to take part in the procession by arriving at St. Bernadette's Church, with an alb and stole, at least 15 minutes before the procession is due to begin. The procession is conducted in the six usual languages of the Sanctuary.